I normally don’t get to see any good movies on television, primarily because Mr.K’s tastes have never evolved beyond Jackie Chan and monster movies.
However, 2 weeks back I was able to take advantage of K’s cold medication (causing him to sleep all day before magically awakening at the start of IPF finals 🙂 ) to watch this awesome English movie on World Movies – Rosemary’s Baby.
I had heard so much about this movie (it has always been touted amongst the top 10 horror classics) and had always longed to see it, but somehow never got around to actually watching it. This time, I got to watch it from start to finish and I was totally blown away by the movie.
The star of Rosemary’s Baby is Mia Farrow. She is a young newly-wed housewife married to an aspiring actor. They move into an apartment in a building that has a rather creepy history. Once she gets pregnant, strange things start happening. She becomes convinced that there is a plot to steal her baby from her. So, is there really a plot, or is everything just her imagination? Well, you have to watch the movie to find out :).
All I can say is, I spent a pleasurable 2 hours 🙂 . It’s amazing how the director has managed to increase the tension and the horror without showing any gory images whatsoever. It’s a rare feat in horror movies. Another thing I loved about the movie was Mia Farrow – she has acted so beautifully plus I loved the way she dressed and the way she decorated her new house. Very chic while being true to the role.
Later I came to know that this movie is based on Ira Levin’s book – Rosemary’s Baby.
Yesterday, we happened to catch Revolutionary Road on HBO purely by chance. The movie stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo diCaprio in their second movie together after Titanic.
Revolutionary Road is directed by Sam Mendes (who also directed American Beauty – another favorite movie of mine). Both movies have similar themes – how suburban mediocrity destroys people’s humaneness and lives. Revolutionary Road is adapted from Richard Yates’ novel of the same name.
Although I don’t quite agree with the movie in its entirety, I must say that I was totally engrossed by it. The story is about a young couple with 2 children who live in the suburbs. They are both bored out of their minds, and feel they have settled for a mundane, domestic life and are now feeling stifled. They weave dreams in the air making plans to go and resettle in Paris to recover their lost joie-de-vivre. Unfortunately, these plans fall flat, and their marriage falls apart underneath the strain.
This story is something I think all married couples struggle with. At some stage in our lives, we tend to put aside some dreams and for the most part we are okay with it. But seeing this couple struggle with these issues was very difficult to see. It was heartbreaking to see and hear the brutal and cruel words they flung at each other and see them hurt. It was made even worse by the fact that this is Kate and Leo for god’s sake…they have always been my dream couple. How could they fight each other like this?? The ending is downbeat, unnecessarily tragic even. It need not have ended so badly.
Throughout the movie, I kept wondering why does everything have to be so all or nothing? They could just as easily have gone on a short European trip with the wife. They definitely looked like they could afford it. If moving to Paris was not an option, seeing how disappointed she was, he could have taken her on a trip. It might have been some consolation for her.
I just did not understand!
That said, the acting was brilliant. Kate Winslet is so mesmerising, I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Leo is pretty good too, only he looks a bit too young and cute for the part. In certain crucial scenes, he walked away with my sympathy only because of his cute puupy-dog eyes :).
But all said and done…the movie was wonderful, and I should just go ahead and read the book. Although the story will be familiar already, I am hoping the book will provide more background to these people.
All in all, I loved both the movies.
Note: It is a pure coincidence that both these movies are based on books, and set in 60s America. I never actually set out to watch them.