The Stepford Wives Reviews
A funny sci-fi adaptation to the classic 70's thriller with possibly 1 of the most amazing cast set, we got Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broadrick, Glenn Close, Bette Midler, Jon Lovitz and the legend that is Christopher Walken, a really clever funny tale about the perfect life with the perfect wife for the perfect husband, it's just really good I enjoyed it, end of
It was a kind of funny movie with some good performances but there seemed to be missing some much meaning and depth, and so it felt all too literally superficial. Still, it had some "funny" moments but there wasn't anything special or memorable about it.
So why 3.5 stars? Because the cast was absolutely delightful and committed to perfect comedic timing, which I always think elevates a script to it's fullest potential. So the script was lackluster, but the performances were strong. The ensemble as a whole was terrific but 2 especially strong leading ladies stand out. Kidman cut a fierce silhouette as a simultaneously confident and sharp businessperson, yet undermined by self-doubt brought on ironically by her own ideological commitments. As I watch more of Kidman's movies, I find myself more and more appreciating the nuances she utilizes, making her one of the more realistic actresses brought to life. The other performance really worth mentioning is Glenn Close. For most of the movie she strikes you as just another Stepford Wife, yet you can't help but feel there is something else boiling underneath. When the other wives are confused by an outsider's remarks, you don't sense total confusion from Close. What you sense instead is the wheels turning, an active and calculated "what's next." Her final monologue is actually quite moving and you see the genuine emotion rise through her. Overall a funny movie worth a laugh on a bad movie night.