The Stepford Wives Reviews
The first two thirds of the film could certainly benefit from tighter editing although the pace does noticeably pick up in the final act.
Very much a product of it's time in every sense, it hasn't dated well but the story somehow manages to hold you until the end.
When the katherine ross character and her annoying friend, portrayed just as annoyingly by paula prentiss, spy on a drugstore owner lifting his wife to new heights of nirvana through love making, ms. prentiss convinces ms. ross that the guy's wife is robot, because how could a drug store owner, basically described as being ugly besides being just a drug store owner ,get such a reaction from such a beautiful woman. There is never any second guessing or no one in the film is able to develop an independent perspective on things. In a way, the movie is for the most part correct that the population is coerced into accepting the media's one dimensional values, that is the way that it is correct , that it self reinforces the values of following the herd and not developing any thoughts of one's own.
It doesn't matter if there is any entertainment value in the stepford wives, it is too simplistic and repugnant to be watched.
Later, mr. masterson would go on to make The best little whorehouse in texas, which would seem to be a sequel to his stepford wives.
Some families living in Stepford seem a bit weird. Especially to Joanna Eberhart and her new friend. Joanna just moved to the place and she feels that every woman are so clean, pretty, boring and stiff. OK plot, with loads of possibilities. The build up is very detailed, and no such things as horror or sci-fi apears until 1.20 or so of the playtime. That's a bit too much.
I see why it was re-presented as a comedy. It's not that this is a bad film - it's all right. The story is cool and original and I'm never bored - for some weird reason I don't loose attention.
The re-make won't be seen, but this was not a big theat either. A loose horror/sci-fi, that's more a drama film with some story that was unrealistic.
5.5 out of 10 pencil portraits.
Had the film ramped up the misogyny and all the evils that go with it then perhaps it might have held more terror but even the non explanatory ending (common in this time period) can't save The Stepford Wives from being a somewhat dull look at a very important subject.
What ensues again proves Levin's mastery of creating a great plot, and beautifully following through with it. The film greatly benefits from William Goldman's screenplay adaptation and Owen Roizman's superior cinematography.