The Postman Always Rings Twice Reviews
Lange is too glitzy for Cora. To sell movies like this Hollywood needs big stars, apparently, the novel was very big in its time and had big stars in its movie rendition too. I would think John Colicos would be a perfect fit for Nick, what with Colicos' ability to make supporting roles satiable,but no, he seems a little too overwrought and not nearly oblivious enough for the Nick role.
Further hampering the movie is Mamet's screenplay. He definitely took the original down a notch, and the remake is even more pulpy than the original.
32 years later WB re-issued the infamous remake to blu-ray. I was eager to see if it retained any of the qualities and impact I had noted in 1981.
Bob Rafelson's film still holds a bite that the 1940's classic movie never had. There is no Hollywood Glam here. Sven Nykvist's cinematography is in top form. Nicholson and especially Lange give realistic performances. The movie's depiction of sexuality is not as graphic as I had remembered, but it is most certainly rooted in carnal lust. More to the point, Tay Garnett and Rafelsons' script adds a bit of psycho-sexual excitement that reflects the fractured logics of both leading characters. The film remains a subversive examination of human desire mixed with greed. As the dark film comes to a close, the feeling that remains is one more grounded in 1970's cinema than the beginning of the 1980's when the film was released. It is an uneasy film. All the more challenging is that it seems to want the audience to relate to the two leading characters. Or does it? It can be viewed in more than one way. An interesting cinematic experiment when mainstream filmmakers were more comfortable taking risks.
83% approval? What?
If the 1946 version is Filet Mignon, this version is a steak sandwich at Carl's Jr.
As IMDB puts it:"The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband." Right on! I had forgotten 80s produced films where all kinds of naughty behavior was tolerated on screen..... Next tomorrow something else with Jack Nicholson.....
In mid of the night, hitchhiker Jack hops in a small truck and arrives as lunch-wagon-cum-gas-station. He cons the driver insider diner and have him a cup of coffee while hiding inside toilet to waiting for him to be gone and so that he could cheat the owner of diner that he forgot his wallet inside the truck. The lunch-wagon is owned by a middle-aged Greek owner, with beautiful young wife working in the kitchen. The two grow passionate affair and struggle to elope or plot to murder the owner and takeover his property.
This version received countless of criticism for deviating away from the original novel's ending - and of-course for a person like myself, who has never read the novel, feel like cheated and kept in dark from the knowing (firstly) the title analysis and secondly, the much negatively criticized ending. The Postman Always Rings Twice is the film in a long time that I have seen any Jack Nicholson film.