Body Double Reviews
Highly original and it did tie up at the end.
Suspense and 80's tackiness all thrown into one movie. Right in my element with this one. And extra half star for the appearance of Holly Johnson.
How had I never seen this one before!
I enjoyed the performances of Craig Wasson, Dennis Franz, and others, but Body Double may be best remembered for Melanie Griffith's breakthrough role. She's sexy and totally hilarious. Her list of adult acting "restrictions" is one of the all-time greatest monologues. Wasson, who I liked in Ghost Story, is similar to De
Palma's idol Hitchcock's hero in Vertigo Scotty (Jimmy Stewart). He is paralyzed by claustrophobia and "can't act." Wasson as Jake Scully is the perfect unpretentious "set-up witness." I can't fail to mention former Miss America Deborah Shelton as Gloria Revelle, one of the most beautiful women who ever graced the silver screen.
There's a lurid fascination about this film. Its got sex, voyeurism, a power-drill murder, and the most palpable claustrophobia I've seen. You've also the Frankie-Goes-To-Hollywood "Relax" tie-in. It will harken you back to the glory days of MTV. All in all, its great tongue-in-cheek entertainment and, for my money, the most notable voyeur fantasy movie ever.
"You Can't Believe Everything You See"
Body Double is Brian De Palma at his core. This is a film that driven by erotica and violence, and De Palma balances the two of the really well, while paying homage(or ripping off, however you want to look at it) to Hitchcock's Vertigo and Rear Window. The film is odd for sure. De Palma isn't known for making non-odd films, but this one is even weirder than his norm.
I liked it for sure. Actually, I loved it for the first hour or so. I loved the scene where Jake follows the woman for like 15 minutes straight on screen. There's little dialogue, but it works perfectly because of genuine suspense being built by watching Jake follow a woman who's being followed by another man. The movie falls apart in its last third, but not enough to change how much I liked the movie, especially the first hour.
Jake is a struggling actor who was just fired from his acting job as a vampire because he is claustrophobic and can't handle the coffin scene. He also just broke up with his girlfriend and doesn't have a place to live. A friend of his sets him up with a nice place and shows him a woman that does a little naked dance in the window every night. Like any guy, Jake watches her every night. Through watching her, he notices another guy watching her, and sees him follow her one day. The guy steals her purse, but Jake gets it back for her. Later that night, Jake views the same guy breaking into her house. He tries to save her, but is too late. Yeah, that's just the set up.
If you are a De Palma fan, you should get a lot of satisfaction out of watching this one. If you aren't a De Palma fan, this movie is why you hate him. It definitely is not anywhere near his best, but there is something that is incredibly interesting about it. I could never recommend this to anyone though, because most people would probably be turned off to it. And I would completely understand why.
it was a classic WTF moment. you were wondering whether this is a cheesy porn or really an artsy work by director like de palma..
Brian DePalma "Body Double" is his love of making movies about movies. He uses Hitchcockian tones, pornographic homages, strong LA locations, 1980's decour and even 1940's film noir. I wouldn't say this is DePalma's best's but the movie picks up once the facts came altogether. I felt all the clues came a little to early in the middle of the picture. The best performance is from Melanie Griffith as adult film star Holly Body. Griffith doesn't make her character as a stupid blonde. She is seen as someone who is tough, has high standards, sensual and a swarmy sense of humour. Craig Wesson (who was great in Four Friends) plays the flawed main character Jack Scully who audiences will always remembers as the guy who picked up the panties from the garbage bin and puts it into his pocket. "Body Double" sure has it's strange moments of akward humour.
This, part-Hitchcock, part-Giallo, part-Scooby Doo, and part something else entirely is so completely different to anything else that it's almost impossible to categorise.
De Palma once again shows off his photography skills, and the plot will have you guessing right to the end.
Complete fucking genius. To say more is to ruin it.