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The classic horror story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde gets a chilling new twist when seen through the eyes of Dr. Jekyll’s devoted maid, MARY REILLY. Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) and John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich), along with writer Christopher Hampton and director Stephen Frears of Dangerous Liaisons, take terror to a new level as the immortal conflict between good and evil is played out in the soul of one man. Equally attracted to her kind employer Dr. Jekyll and his mysterious assistant Mr. Hyde, Mary Reilly must confront her own dangerous desires if she is to survive humanity’s greatest evil.
Stephen Frears reunites with the production talents who made the tempting Dangerous Liaisons for this new look at the infamous Dr. Jekyll (a deft John Malkovich). Instead of being in the laboratory where the good doctor unlocks his evil twin, we stay in the mansion overlooking the lab. An inquisitive, proper maid, Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts) slowly becomes Dr. Jekyll's confidant. Rather than a horror story, the film is a spooky mystery that keeps us in the dark, and what a wonderful dark Frears and his designers have fashioned. Roberts carries the movie, digging deep for her best dramatic work to date. Though some may wish she'd show more passion, she holds her emotions appropriately in check. The movie faced considerable, well-documented troubles, including the reshooting of several scenes months after the initial production. This probably affected the finale, which has little impact and nearly ruins a good thing. --Doug Thomas
cool movie i remembered from my childhood. still sorta scary. but juila roberts sounds like a country girl than an irish servant sometimes.Published 2 months ago by Eric A.
Two decades ago I had seen this movie, this re-imagining of the "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" classic through the perspective of a background character: Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Omnes
I like this movie because it kept me wondering what's next and I like.100%Published 4 months ago by Linda G. Lewis
Drenched in loves sorrow and abuses some people experience. I loved Julia Roberts portrayal of knowing her class . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rosalee Harrah
Horror in the best possible way, well done to the entire cast .Published 7 months ago by Melodie Oliver