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Glenn Close as a Temptress, a One Night Stand Terribly Wrong
on March 20, 2013
This movie is really a great film. Glenn Close becomes a beautiful temptress and I believe that she really stretches herself as an actress. There are many other actresses that I believe would more quickly come to mind to play this role but Glenn Close makes it her own. This takes talent as an actress and before this movie I had only seen her in an ensemble role in "The Big Chill." In the course of "Fatal Attraction," She goes from being a professional woman with a few minor issues which would not seem too dangerous at first, to a woman who becomes completely unhinged and capable of murder. Michael Douglas is a typical man in that position who does not mind a one night stand even though he is "happily" married to a beautiful woman played by Anne Archer. Anne Archer also must take a turn from being a happily married woman with one child to a person who will do anything to protect her family, even murder, although her killing Glenn Close would be considered self defense, legally, it is still murder. Glenn Close went from falling in love with Douglas to wanting to possess him and desiring to have the life with him that Anne Archer has. She intensely desires to control him. Each action she takes after learning of her pregnancy takes her closer to the edge and closer to being a homicidal maniac.
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?