Flowers In The Attic [DVD]
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This movie rushed through (admittedly many) plot points and it was hard to tell what anyone's motivation was. Why did the mom leave them up there so long? Yes she was enjoying her time as a free, single, wealthy woman, but it was never totally clear why she left them and (spoiler alert) tried to kill them. Why was the grandmother so alternatingly mean and also sympathetic? I think Ellyn Burstyn oversold the sympathetic parts. Definitely chewed the scenery.
Heather Graham definitely looked more like the mother I pictured in the book but she was so clearly phoning it in. You signed up for a Lifetime remake of a terrible YA novel from the 70s. I get it. But at least make it interesting.
I watched it for the novelty of it but I hope some day someone makes a more interesting version of this story. This definitely didn't do anyone justice.
The movie begins setting up a perfect American family as only a TV movie can. This blissful happiness, however, last only a few minutes before daddy dies leaving the rest of the clan to fend for themselves. Widowed Corrine (Heather Graham) whisks the children off to her parent's estate. The kids (led by Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka as narrator Cathy and Mason Dye as perpetually optimistic Christopher) didn't even know they had Grandparents! Well, it turns out that there is much they don't know about their mother and their family history.Read more ›
As other have stated I would have loved for those details to be incorporated and some of the characters to be more developed as they are in the book (Christopher being a "know it all," dreaming of becoming a doctor, etc), Cathy and Christopher's own relationship and their parental role they take on. Also, I felt I didn't get to see the twins' personalities either. In order for these details and the character's development to be captured, I am sure the movie would have had to be at least another hour long! Or at least a mini series.
None the less, Ellen Burstyn was amazing as the grandmother and for the most part everyone seemed to do a good job in their role.
I am glad the film follows the original story fairly well (though there are some inconsistencies, missing events). *SPOILER* In particular I was bothered by the scene between Cathy and Chris in the attic (the rape/sex scene). In the book, Cathy and Chris are both traumatized and upset after the incident. Understandably they are both freaking out in the book (unprotected sex with your sibling and all). In the movie, nope, let's smile and giggle and have some nice pillow talk. What??Read more ›
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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I watched the first version of Flowers in the Attic years and years ago when I'd read the book for the first time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jane_England
This was much, much closer to the original book than the previous made for tv movie from several years ago.Published 29 days ago by Trish Huftill
Cornier than I remembered as a kid... some disturbing parts, my 10 yr. old laughed at the silliness of it, but enjoyed it. LOLPublished 1 month ago by Gasco
Much better than the adaptation that came out about 10 years ago. It was much truer to the book. However, like the earlier one, I thought the ending was a little disappointing, but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer