Fatal Attraction [Blu-ray]
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Stylish and sexy, Fatal Attraction took audiences to terrifying new heights with its thrilling story of a casual encounter gone terribly awry. This box-office smash was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Adrian Lyne—Indecent Proposal, Flashdance). Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a New York attorney who has a tryst with seductive Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) while his wife (Anne Archer) is away. Dan later shrugs off the affair as a mistake and considers it over. But Alex won’t be ignored. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever…even if it means destroying Dan’s family to keep him.
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The gradual changes of the characters is done in a very subtle way. Glenn Close is not shown as manipulative in the first half of the movie. Michael Douglas perhaps changes the least in the course of the film although he does get into a very violent fight with Glenn Close in an attempt to end her reign of terror. This of course, does not work and only leads to the conclusion. The movie is well directed by Adriene Lynn. It contains pretty graphic sex, violence and nudity. Again, in my opinion, Glenn Close is awesome in this movie and will always be remembered for this part. In addition, the supporting characters are very fine. I particularly enjoyed the police officer who Douglas went to who took a pretty blase attitude about the whole issue and pretty much told Douglas, well man you did what you did and now it is your problem, not mine. That attitude was cool. The supporting characters brought out the fact that Douglas/Archer/Child had a regular suburban life and he was an up and coming attorney until Close character shattered everything.
When viewing this film, I have often wondered how it would have looked with Anne Archer as the temptress and Glenn Close as the wife. Others who view this movie and review it, what do you think of such a reveral?
One thing is for sure: you never know who to root for in this film. I go back and forth between Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. I can't decide. I mean, he's the jerk that cheated on his hot wife, knowing that he has a wife and a little girl at home. In a way, I think he deserves it. There are times when I smile with glee as he is forced to suffer the consequences to his actions - Mwahahahaha! But then I think, "Geez, Glenn Close. You're one scary ho! Go on with your power hair, you demented skank! Leave that man alone! What did the rabbit do to you, you whore?! Glenn! Give me the knife! Stop cutting yourself, Glenn! Alright, Anne Archer. Blast her." It's easy to switch allegiances with the characters in this film. That's part of the fun of FATAL ATTRACTION, if you can get past the hilarious love-making scenes, which include Michael Douglas constantly, OBSESSIVELY sucking on Glenn's saggy boobs every chance he gets! EVERY love scene, he goes straight for the boobs. That's all she is to him. Just one big boob to suck. Anyways, if you can get past THAT, then you'll have the time of your life. I wasn't kidding when I said it has camp value, but it is still disturbing as well, don't get me wrong. If I learned one thing by watching this film, it's that I will NEVER, EVER cheat on my wife. EVER. And that's a good thing. I'll bet you anything that this film has saved marriages. After this film, you know why THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTRY is one of the top 10. Whew...
All in all, it's an eighties classic with important moral lessons thrown in with lots of psychotic activity, kidnapping, bunny boiling, and boob sucking.
Adrian Lyne would explore this territory again in 2003's UNFAITHFUL.
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