The Story/The Direction:
This film is about Joan Castleman (Close), the wife of a famous author (Pryce) to receive the Nobel prize in Literature. NOw, he is elated for this award as he believes he has worked his entire life for it. For her, it makes her look at who she is and who she has become over the past twenty odd years. While they are in Stockholm, she hears all this praise towards her husband and she is pushed to the side. This film has a very strong message especially during the height of the Times Up movement as it has a woman stand up for herself in a man's world in 1992. The director takes the original story from the book and keeps it fairly engaging for the entire runtime. However, what makes this film is the film's actors.
Close as Joan is one this year's best performances as her character only shows emotions when she wants. She does not give too much away but as the film progresses, the audience gets to learn more and more about her. Each moment in the film shows that something is about to break. Her husband is this extreme narcissist who thinks he is the greatest thing since sliced bread who is played well by Pryce. When the film reaches the climax, a lot of people will be cheering for her character because the film has built her up the entire film. It really gets the audience to care about her. She is a very intelligent woman and the audience wants her to succeed.
The main flaw of this film is that the ending is fairly predictable. When the reveal finally occurs, the audience most likely has figured it out but the film thinks that it was not foreseeable the entire film.
The main reason to see this film is Glen Close and she is worth the ticket alone. That plus the fairly engaging story will have one cheering and enjoying themselves at a theatre with this great film.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 bowties
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