Got the chance to see this again in the theatre today, nearly 20 years after I last saw it back when it originally came out. As a pretentious 20-something, I enjoyed parts of it, but largely dismissed it as a typical Spielberg theme park ride. Now, as a less pretentious 30-something, I still view it as a typical Spielberg theme park ride--the difference is that this is now a compliment instead of a criticism.
It occurred to me that much…
PHANTOM is a love it or hate affair. Based on my rating you can tell where I fall on that divide. Though there is much to love about the film, the chief cause of my devotion is Paul Williams' outstanding soundtrack, which is as amazingly clever as it is fiendishly catchy.
What?!? One star for THE EXORCIST?!? ARE YOU INSANE?!!?!
Maybe. All I know is that I've never been able to enjoy Friedkin's iconic horror hit. Partly this can be blamed on my lack of religious beliefs, which renders the thought of possession, demons, and devils as ridiculous rather than terrifying. Partly it can be blamed on its pace and seriousness, which have always left me frustrated and bored. And another part can probably just be blamed on the kind of…
Sold as horror, TEETH is actually a moving black comedy about a sweet young woman who discovers she possesses something all men secretly suspect women have, but do not use.
Filled with some brilliant dark comic scenes, TEETH lives and dies on the performance of Jess Wexler, who more than credibly takes the character of Dawn on a journey from frightened innocent to feminist avenger. Without her the film wouldn't have its emotional resonance, nor would it have made me literally clap with delight at the end.