Body Heat Reviews
I'd been told Body Heat was a fantastic movie, but before watching it for myself I had my doubts. First, I was never a big Kathleen Turner fan. Also, it just didn't look like a movie that could entertain me for two hours. I'm glad to say I was wrong. Kathleen Turner turned in an amazing performance as Matty Walker and the movie was not lacking in entertainment and suspense. It had it all. It was an erotic, suspenseful crime-thriller.
Watching Turner and Hurt on the screen together was real joy. This was Turner's first role and Hurt's second, but they looked like veterans on the screen. Their chemistry was spot on perfect and left you satisfied with their relationship. Ted Danson turned in a nice little supporting role as Ned's(Willaim Hurt) best friend. Although he wasn't on screen all that much, when he was, he played his role really well.
The story seems pretty straight forward and I thought the movie was going to go the length without a twist. I thought it was going to be a what you see is what you get movie. That however isn't the case in the end. The film didn't cheat with it's twist though. It makes sense and if you think back, you can see how this could have happened. It's a real testament to both the filmmaker and to both Hurt and Turner.
Lawrence Kasden, in his film debut also, weaves a very compelling and believable noir. Hurt and Turner look so authentic together that you think their relationship is real. The way they look at each other. The way they talk to each other. The way they touch each other. It all looks so genuine and realistic, that I almost forgot I was watching a movie altogether.
Body Heat is a masterpiece in every single conceivable way. It is influenced by the film noir's of the 40's and 50's and that influence is easily seen. Even in a 1980's setting the 40 and 50's influences don't seem out of place. Everything works so well together. The dialogue, settings, music, performances, and even the way the smoldering heat of Florida is used. It all fits together in the most perfect way to make an amazing film experience.
this movie is about a conniving woman(matty) who uses her sexuality to get what she wants,her ability to manipulate her gullible lover to murder her husband so she can inherit his entire fortune...has a surprise ending~!
What really makes you fall in love with the story is the acting, even more so than the plot. William Hurt and Kathleen Turner play very archetypal roles, yet do it with such grace that you feel like itâ??s being delivered for the first time. They make extremely sleazy characters come off as sympathetic and relatable. The love story is so twisted, but so much fun at the same time. It truly warrants its title.
I love movies that take forgotten concepts and make them new again, most of the time making even more of an impact than their influences. I think next to Chinatown, it is the best homage to the Film Noir genre.
Of course it's impossible to watch this without thinking of Double Indemnity, though Lawrence Kasdan's movie has too many brilliant ideas of its own - that ingenious final twist among them - to be dismissed as a mere rip-off or an affectionate pastiche of classic noir. In fact, unconstrained by Forties censorship and the Hayes Code's stipulation that crime must not be seen to pay, Body Heat actually improves upon Billy Wilder's masterpiece in a couple of key respects. While cleverly letting the Florida climate create most of his steamy atmosphere for him, Kasdan is able to present a more explicit - and therefore more credible - portrait of a good man driven to murder by obsessive lust. For a first film, Kasdan's direction is supremely confident and the cast list (William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Mickey Rourke, Ted Danson) reads like a Who's Who of people who were going places in the early Eighties.
Body Heat is a classic film noir tale that takes place in the heat of the moment in a town that is dark, dirty, and lacking air conditioning. Lawrence Kasdan takes the reigns of his first film and runs with it in what starts out as almost a softcore porn tale and transforms into a dark story about a love triangle populated by three bad people, but they're bad for different reasons.
The cast is great and Kasdan shows what a great talent he is behind the camera. Body Heat is a film with more depth than what it has been given credit for. A great, murky film.
This movie centers around a very wealthy and married woman (Turner) whom meets a very single and interestsed man (Hurt). A web of lies and games are in the midst for this ill fated couple. A big Kathleen Turner and William Hurt fan here...check this classic 80's film out!
Here's a line that starts off the relationship between a seductive femme fatal and an unwitting lawyer in this well made neo-noir. Its a good enough movie, which works mainly because of its well written dialog, the only problem lies in the fact that its very predictable for anyone familiar with this type of story. However, originality and execution are two different things.
William Hurt stars as Ned Racine, a Florida lawyer and bachelor making good use of the women around town. One hot night he attempts to pick up a blonde dressed in white, played by Kathleen Turner. Later on, he's in her house, attempting to get into her red dress, which could stand for either love or danger (guess).
Despite being married, Turner's sexy Matty begins a passionate affair with Ned, eventually resulting in a plot to have the rich husband murdered. Of course, even if the plan goes off, things are never as simple as they seem.
This movie essentially follows the plot of Double Indemnity, among other noir films, with some obvious changes. Its not much of a spoiler to say that Ned may be in over his head, but the story does have some better twists towards the end.
Peter: I think I've underestimated you Ned. I don't know why it took me so long. You've started using your incompetence as a weapon.
What also helps is some of the supporting players, which includes Ted Danson as a friend of Ned's who also enjoys imitating Fred Astaire and Mickey Rourke as a low-level bomb maker.
The film was written and directed by Lawrence Kasden, who previously made a name for himself for serving as a writer for Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Arc. Here, he directs a movie that uses the humidity of Florida to literally fill the scenes with atmosphere. He has also written a script where all of the characters bounce dialog off each other, which both evokes the noir films it was inspired by and works almost in terms of being self referential.
As a whole, this is a good movie with a familiar story and great dialog,
Ned: Maybe you shouldn't dress like that.
Matty: This is a blouse and a skirt. I don't know what you're talking about.
Ned: You shouldn't wear that body.
But that is not the greatest thing about this film. To me, it is. But to you, who knows? You could say that you liked the performances from the supporting cast or the smooth Altman-like cinematography or even the dense and intelligent writing from Lawrence Kasdan, and all of these wood be good answers.
Especially the writing. The writing here is fantastic. The dialogue is so perfect and meaningful, and it fits so perfectly with these characters. When they say it, you believe it because it's the kinds of things people talk about.
AFI has this film listed on their "100 Thrills" list, yet I didn't find it all that thrilling. It was dramatic and some scenes were tense, but this, to me, is what a romantic picture is, or rather should be.
And whaddaya know. Body Heat is on AFI's "100 Passions" list. Ha.