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It's amazing> I love "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". This movie gives it a brush of 19th century life and decore and gives the story a semi-romantic twist. Would Robert Louis Stevenson approve? Probably not, but I like it.
It only took 24 years for me to finally watch this movie for free. Such a silly movie, in which Mary Reilly really felt a connection to Jekyll/Hyde because sometimes she is Mary Reilly and sometimes she is Shelby from Steel Magnolias, but mostly she's just Julia Roberts.
Retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde from the point of view of the maid, Mary Reilly played by Julia Roberts adapted from a novel written by Valerie Martin with John Malkovich as Dr. Jekyll.
Julia Roberts took a lot of grief for this movie. It's true that her Irish lilt comes and goes, but the rest of her performance is quite good -- hampered more by audience expectations of a happy, plucky girl-next-door than anything she did on-screen. As for the story, telling the Jekyll/Hyde story from the point of view of a housemaid is sort of genius. Had Malkovich played Hyde and someone like Colin Firth been cast as Jekyll, the movie would have been much better. As it is, you have to suspend your disbelief regarding Mary's naïveté (c'mon, they're both John Malkovich) and go with it.
Stylish production values and a bevy of talent on both sides of the camera can't salvage what feels eerily like overbudgeted fanfiction. The different lens on Stevenson's classic just doesn't add much new in the way of dimension.
Dreary, understated period piece. Julia Roberts has an Irish accent and John Malkovich plays two equally arrogant characters equally well. My boyfriend liked it because the drudgery of housekeeping in Victorian England seemed well-conveyed. He says, "I don't know why women are always so interested in period pieces when this is their lot." Very similar mood to that Jeremy Irons movie where he plays twin gynecologists, only way less heavy.
Feathery,lightweight drama where the wait is long for no payoff.A rather boring big name offering.
The picture has a gothic atmosphere and one or two decent scenes, but ultimately Mary Reilly is an exercise in lifeless tedium.
Loses steam about halfway through. It's biggest sin is that it's, frankly, kinda boring.
"DOCTOR JECKYLL/MR HYDE"
-'Mary Reilly' is a 1996 thriller from director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons), based on the novel of the same name by Valerie Martin. It brings the famous tale of doctor Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. The storyline is slow and therefore the films gets boring after a while. No big thrills, that's why the movie was a financial bummer. The cast consisting of John Malkovich (Con Air), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) and Glenn Close (Mars Attacks!) feel out of place. 'Mary Reilly' disappoints.
The silent Mary Reilly (Roberts) is one of the five household servants of Doctor Henry Jeckyll (Malkovich). She is devoted to her work and develops a friendship with her master. One day, he announces that he'll be working in his laboratory with the help of a new assistant Edward Hyde (Malkovich). The staff however never gets to see this man. Jeckyll asks Mary to deliver a letter to Madam Farraday (Close) in which he wants to rent a room for Hyde in her whorehouse.
Shorty afterwards, Jeckyll asks Mary to take another letter to the brothel of Madam Farraday. When arriving there, the woman is furious and shows Mary the room of Hyde. It is totally trashed and covered in blood. Mary's curiosity grows to get to know this mysterious assistant, but some persons should never cross your path...