Flowers In The Attic [DVD]
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Based on the bestselling book by V. C. Andrews, the Lifetime(R) Original Movie, FLOWERS IN THE ATTICE, is a gothic story of four siblings who, after the death of their father, are torn from a peaceful life and subjected to abuse resulting from a dark, family secret. Abandoned by their mother and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in the attic of their grandparents' mansion, the children form their own family unit. But as the oldest boy and girl come of age both emotionally and physically while caring for their younger siblings, they are entrapped by their family's sordid past as they try to survive and escape the harsh living conditions. Heather Graham stars as the mother and Ellen Burstyn as the cruel grandmother.
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Overall, a big disappointment. I waited 20 years for a good film adaptation of this book, and I guess I'll have to keep waiting. Meh.
This movie was okay. Everything was rushed. I mean, when the dad died there was no tears or anything. Just a shot of everyone standing there looking shocked, then it cut to four months later. It wasn't ever implied that Chris wanted to be a doctor and barely implied that Cathy wanted to be a ballerina. The kids were quickly shoved into the room and they seemed a lot more accepting in the movie than they had been in the book. There was a gradual decline of the mother's visits in the book but it seemed to happen quickly in the movie. Motives weren't very clearly explained.
Cory and Carrie were almost an afterthought - at times I forgot they were even in the movie because it showed Chris and Cathy so much. A big thing in the book was how Cathy was a mother to the twins and they didn't grow and got sicker and sicker. The kids in the movie didn't say much, Carrie was supposed to be the howler who threw temper tantrums and Cory was the quiet one who played music.
Foxworth Hall in the book was huge and impressive. In the movie it looked like a small upper-middle class home with none of the splendor. The events in the movie stay pretty true to the book, the kids attending the Christmas party, Cory getting locked in the trunk, the whippings, tar and poisoned doughnuts. But it was all so anti-climatic and the acting so forced that it wasn't convincing. The whole "rape" scene between Cathy and Chris was pretty messed up in the book, I mean it was messed up in the movie too, but it was so anti-climatic because there was no build up to it in the movie like there was in the book. Chris basically looks at Cathy once, tells her she is pretty then rapes her and she doesn't seem to mind. Okaaaay. When the kids manage to escape it was somewhat different in the movie, but again, it was just not interesting and I didn't really care or cheer for the characters.
Overall, a pretty poor adaptation of the book. Hopefully someday someone will want to take on this series and do an amazing job of it because it would be nice to see this series really brought to life.
This was a waste of $$ to rent.
I will love the books always but these movies... have to stop making them with poor actors.
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