today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…
The Stepford Wives
The wives of Stepford have a secret.
What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.
A watchable but bland remake of the '70s science fiction staple, Frank Oz's "The Stepford Wives" struggles to find its identity despite its concept, cast, and director. Starring Nicole Kidman as a high-powered TV executive forced into a program of robotic redomestication, the film flounders but has enough going on to moderately engage. It is all rather mediocre, but it may not be a complete waste of time.
Based on the 1975 film of the same name, Oz's reimagining follows its lead character's trajectory after she loses her entertainment job and moves to suburbia with her husband played by Matthew Broderick. There, she finds a vanilla world of structure and domestic duty with nefarious technology-based secret.
Leaving some of the…
Part of **No ReWatch November 2012**.
The original novel by Ira Levin and the 1975 film are both dark, frightening thrillers. They have something to say about the shifting gender roles of the Women's Lib era. And the ending of the film will chill you to your core.
In this version, Frank Oz has decided to dispense with a direct remake. Instead, he's aiming for a Tim Burton-esque farce. By upping the silly and yet still making the gender politics the centerpiece, he robs the story of its impact on both a psychological and political level. He's going for weird and funny, and it doesn't really succeed.
I have to applaud the attempt, though. Some aspects do work. Bette Midler's…
Add it up. All the women around here are perfect sex-kitten bimbos. All the men are drooling nerds. Doesn't that seem strange?
My first time re-watching the remake since watching the original Stepford Wives. I thought maybe I would get more out of it, but instead it's flaws are just that much more apparent. The original had something to say about men being scared of women's lib in the 70s, this one doesn't really have anything to say at all.
At first I thought I had a revelation when we first see Nicole Kidman (I always feel like I have a revelation when I see Kidman). She's Joanna Eberhart, an independent powerful business woman who makes insecure men…
I'm classing this is a rewatch, but in actual fact the previous time I attempted to watch this I gave up before the end because I thought it eas shit.
Second time around, and I once again gave up before the end, because it is even shitter than I remembered.
Whoever thought it would be a good idea to remake Bryan Forbes original film adaptation of Ira Levin's chilling novel and dispense with all the horror aspects to make an allegedly satirical fantasy comedy needs shooting.
The original was far more satirical than this piece of crap, and even better it was done subtly. No one on this film has ever heard of the word 'subtle' and as such, they…
i hate men
I had seen this before but somehow found it more entertaining this time around. Glenn Close is wonderfully perky and bette Midler her usual self. Good entertainment, even though I did doze off towards the end....
One of the most troubled films to emerge from the00s-- this remake still manages to work as as Sci-Fi comedy due to class act performances from Kidman, Midler and especially Close- who goes for broke during the film's climax. Obviously this could have been a much meatier film- but as it stands, it's not the worst thing ever.
"Are you ready for the final gender challenge?"
This is perhaps one of the most quotable satires I've ever watched.
"WE'RE THE GIRLS AND WE DON'T LIKE IT"
"Like a diorama at the Smithsonian in the Hall of Homemakers"
"Only high-powered, neurotic, castrating, Manhattan career bitches wear black. Is that who you wanna be?" "Ever since I was a little girl"
I could go on for hours (in fact I will in a 10 page paper).
Too bad this film is confused about it's gender politics or this would be a straight-up 5/5.
"The Stepford Wives" is as much a campy idea as, let's say, "Planet of the Apes", but that doesn't necessarily mean either should be camped up so much that the themes of the original stories are completely submerged in loud, busy nonsense. That was a sin in Burton's "Apes" remake, and that's the same sin in Oz's "The Stepford Wives".
Some say the first film adaptation was too dark, although I'd argue why wouldn't a film that represents the struggle between feminism and traditional patriarchy be dark? The original novel by Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby") about a woman who moves into a town of robot-like nuclear wives is a science fiction-horror, and it's played pretty straightforward. The brilliance in the…
Not funny enough to be an effective comedy and not really thrilling enough to be an effective thriller. Close losing her shit was entertaining though and it is watchable.
This is one movie that I got to say that it was really terrible!
2004 sure doesn't seem like that long ago, but the pop culture of THE STEPFORD WIVES is a world away. The reality TV riff of the opening scene is incredibly flat, and too wink-y to be very effective as satire. And the character of Roger, who would have maybe seemed progressive in 2004 (?) struck me as a tone-deaf stereotype of a gay man today.
At any rate, this is the most careless movie I've seen in some time, in the sense that the filmmakers didn't seem to care at all about telling this story through the cinematic medium. There's no distinct style to speak of, either visually or tonally, and the decisions about where to place the camera…
halfway through watching I realized this was a remake and not the version my friend told me to watch :(
But Bette Middler (and maybe Nicole Kidman) saves it from being an absolute catastrophe
"but I don't care what they say
i'm in love with you
they try to pull me away
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…