The Wife Reviews
Glenn Close was solid, but best actress seems like a stretch to me. That's no disrespect to her, but outside of a few scenes she was just okay. I think Jonathan Price out acted her throughout in a story that feels like it's been done before, over and over again.
Overall I didn't mind watching it, it honestly shocks me that a film like this even got made in today's climate. It's ironic that a film so heavily influenced by writing had such drab writing itself.
It seems as though the film itself is a total hit or miss with critics, for me the film missed by a mile. Overall, I think the thing that hurt the most is that it's a dated film that would've been better received 10 years ago. Even the "twist" felt like it was forced down your throat.
Oh well, onto the next one and the next and the next. 11 left to go until I've seen all the nominees (not counting the shorts)
(Full review TBD)
Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce play a wife and husband who have a secret. The duo have a remarkably sharp and precise chemistry. The entire cast, including Christian Slater and Annie Starke, the real life daughter of Close, who plays a younger version of the star, are sharp. The problem is after the reveal there's no there there. The movie just stalls. The acting remains exhilarating, but there isn't any progression with the story. This is some of Close's best work, probably Pryce's best, yet it doesn't come together overall. Final Scores: Husband 7.8/Wife 7.7 Average: 7.75/10
puts everything she holds dear in jeopardy. As a woman determined to wear a brave face at all times, Close gives a quiet, finely-calibrated performance; Jonathan Pryce as her internationally famous (and habitually unfaithful) husband, Joe Castleman, is no less genuine, no less believable. Directed with subtlety and precision by Bjorn Runge from an insightful, character-driven screenplay by Jane Anderson. With Christian Slater as the biographer, Max Irons as the unhappy son, and Annie Starke and Harry Lloyd (who appear in flashbacks) as Joan and Joe's younger selves. A gem.