For most of human history, women have been kept in two distinct boxes: the innocent and the schemer. It is only in recent years that we have been “allowed” to become fully formed human beings, both IRL and in fiction.
Mrs. Chevely (Julianne Moore) claims to have evidence of a potential scandal that would figurately kill Sir Robert socially and politically. He turns to his friend Lord Goring (Rupert Everett) for help. Goring is unmarried and has a certain reputation, which does not please his father. He agrees to help, knowing full well what Mrs. Chevely is capable of.
The upside of this film is that the cast is at the top of their game. The downside is that even with Wilde’s unique writing and comedic style, it cannot overcome the sexist drawing of the main female characters. Granted, it was conceived of and premiered in the late 19th century. However, there are other male writers of that period that gave the women they created more room to breathe and not be constricted to “traditional” female roles.
I was also almost immediately bored, which was another reason I turned it off.
20 years ago, the internet is not what it is today. But the dangers are still the same.
Premiering 20 years, The Net (1995) is the story of Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock). Angela is a computer programmer whose social life barely exists outside of her computer. When she finally goes on a vacation, she has an encounter with Jack Devlin (Jeremy Northam), whose true face is soon revealed. Angela will quickly be pulled into computer espionage and must find a way out.
This movie was scary 20 years ago. It is even scarier today. It is amazing how art can not only imitate life, but predict the future.
The most thrilling love stories are often the most mysterious and the most dangerous.
A.S. Byatt’s 1991 novel, Possession, is about love that is both mysterious and forbidden.
In Victorian England, Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte are poets who are embarking on an affair. He is married and she has settled into a comfortable life with her longtime companion. In the late 1980’s, Dr. Maud Bailey and Roland Michell are academics who are separately studying the lives and literature of Ash and LaMotte. They come together to complete their research and begin to build a relationship, but must protect the research when a rival seeks to claim the information they have discovered for his own.
In 2002, Possession was made into a movie with Jeremy Northam as Ash, Jennifer Ehle as LaMotte, Gwyneth Paltrow as Maud and Aaron Eckhart as Roland.
The book is excellent, through it is tedious at points. The movie, for obvious reasons (if you know me well enough or your a frequent visitor to my blog, you would know why) is enjoyable.