After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
We are somewhere in England in the 19th century. A Pretty housemaid works in a nice house, which is Dr. Jekyll's house. Mary Reilly think she found her best job, because she is poor and the doctor is well-known and rich. The film tells the 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' story as a woman sees the two men, one of them is good and the other is evil. And she loves them ...Written by
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this may have been Julia Roberts's most interesting role ever
I usually don't like Julia Roberts. She focuses way too much on looking perfect and that dominates her movies. But she plays a different kind of role in "Mary Reilly". As Dr. Jekyll's (John Malkovich) maid getting seduced by both him and Mr. Hyde, she gives the impression of someone trapped in Victorian England wondering how to get out. And Mr. Hyde knows just how to seduce. Even knowing how evil Mr. Hyde is, you really grow to like him; he's a sort of rebel against Victorian mores and the class system.
I think that the best line in the movie is when Mary tells Dr. Jekyll about her father's (Michael Gambon) drinking problem; it was almost too self-referential! As it is, I think that Malkovich's performance in this movie might have been what made me view this movie positively, more than Julia Roberts's performance. But either way, you'll probably like it. It's not Stephen Frears's best movie, but still pretty interesting. Also starring Glenn Close.
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