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The Stepford Wives (2004)
More hype than quality
I must admit, I was quite excited to see this movie. The previews made it look absolutely thrilling, funny, and just all around worth it.
I saw it last night, so it's fresh in my mind.
The cast, as far as talent and quality goes, is well chosen. I've never been a big fan of Nicole Kidman, but I respected her in this one. Christopher Walken was very much playing HIS role, something he was meant to play. Glenn Close could have been better. There wasn't much Matthew Brodrick (spelling on that last name might be wrong) could do to up his role anymore than he already did in the final product, since his character wasn't very deep. And Bette Midler was wonderful. Really. She's hysterical, since she was most of the comic relief of the film.
The ironies between real life and Stepford are well played up, and I will admit, the ending surprised me (though Glenn Close has a monologue at the end that didn't thoroughly impress me as much as I thought it would).
Now, for the sad news.
It's not nearly as fast-paced as I thought it would be. Not that you want a movie to be so fast that you can't understand it, but I felt it was really slow, or at least, lacking energy. It wasn't very witty, and though I haven't seen the original, I've been told it was scary. If this one had been, it MIGHT have upped the quality, though I'm not entirely positive.
Maybe I'm slightly biased because I was hyped up by the previews, where it looked better. Maybe had I not seen the previews and saw the movie alone, I might have liked it. But it was a downer, a disappointed.
As for the whole "feminist view" that the movie portrays...I'm not a raging feminist myself, but I still wasn't that affected by it. I don't think that either side on that issue will be extremely rattled by the message either way. The resolution of the movie lets women be successful in a male-dominant world, while still letting them take the pants sometimes. And that was fine. Nothing earth-shattering, no one's going to storm out of the theatre.
c'mon, it wasn't that bad
All right so it wasn't the movie of the year, sure. I know I've seen better, true.
And I suppose if you wanted to go see a very "normal" movie, with an easy-to-follow plot line and normal dialogue and jokes...it probably isn't your type of movie.
But overall, I thought it was refreshing to see Carrey play something out of character for him - not his normal, hysterical, crazy roles. When an actor can do that, it reveals more talent on his part. And the message that the movie portrays is nice. Not anything overwhelmingly deep, but nice.
In short, nothing wrong with it. Not a waste of money.
And it IS a little trippy. Don't see it if you've been doing something that would make you a little trippy yourself. ;)