"If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth."
Leslie Dixon (screenplay)
John Waters (1988 screenplay)
tagline: Remember when a movie can make you dream, make you dance, and make you feel on top of the world?
quotes: Corny Collins: [singing] Who cares about sleep when you can snooze in school? You'll never get to college but you'll sure look cool!
I remember seeing the original at the cinema all those years ago, but that is the only time i've seen it too, never got around to seeing it again. This is not the same campy, trashy, kitsch film by john waters, who for me in this musical remake had the best cameo as a flasher. John Travolta just sounds like Mike Myers and looks like a over weight Lily Tomlin.
This is like Grease really, all very nicely made and wanting to idealize the early 60s. Its heart is in the right place, but this film provided too much of a light weight, tongue in cheek performance from the actors. That they might as well nod and wink to the camera all the time.
While Water's original from what i remember did retain the amateurish charm that his more recent films were lacking in with their performances. May be, i am looking at it the wrong way, forget John Waters and look at the film in a new light, but that is hard when it does hold some of the cheesy and cringe worthy dialogue and generally a awful actor in drag, but at least Divine didn't pretend, he was the character in the film! No Ricki Lake, no Pia Zadora as a wigged out beatnik reading poetry (i was just reminded by this) so i was disappointed by this film and bored but one thing I liked was the guys shoes!
Archangel risin' on the moon
Just to save me from this tomb
I'll cry the tears of time all day
'Til she wipes them all away
I loved this film and its story- how it was told and pieced together. I wasn't sure I wanted to see it originally (was it a love story? a war film?), but I'm glad I did -I enjoyed it immensely. I see why it won so many awards. I wasn't expecting that bittersweet 'ending' -choked me up.
Perfectly casted with Keira and James -their chemisty/attraction was palpable (I had to loosen my collar lol) and hello.... Library Sex!!! Also, the little girl who played Briony was fantastic. The scenery/cinametography was beautiful throughout the film and I really liked the musical score, with the tip tapping of a typewriter, very different- which added even more drama to the scenes.
Loved the "note" Robbie wrote to Cecilia I highly recommend seeing it if you haven't yet.
Anyway, beautiful images, heartwrenching story. Good job I didn't see it as a child, I was terrified of war....
I agree with you about the little girl who played Briony, she was great.
And I heard so many things I failed to understand at all
I was watching "czeck out that butt" earlier....
Does that count?
Gotta love when cable screws up and you get every channel for free.