Jan 29, 2012

Fatal Attraction, 1987

Fatal Attraction, 1987
Director: Adrian Lyne
Cast: Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Anne Archer

Stage: Home theatre, late Saturday screening

Fatal Attraction in short:
Happily married New York lawyer Dan Callagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan's wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants?.

Preps: None in perticular. Seen this piece. Love its horror and energy.

Reality: Now what animal drives us to make something out of our ordinary and in some cases, jeopardise everything we have, own, want to own or have developed in ages before this perticular action?

The plot is simple; a guy takes a weekend vacation from his marriage and gets involved with a woman that seems to have everything under control. Here comes the true meaning of the title of the piece. Truly it is a fatal attraction, but not fatal in thins these two lovers develop, but in the relationship fall this guy is facing. Douglas plays a similar role to the one in the movie Disclosure. So a guy that was taken advantage of. The cards were on the table. He wanted to fuck so he did, and she wanted to fuck and they did. How about these two getting their armours equipped and turning into two most fatal enemies because of a weekend they spent together as if they were teenagers?

The tables turn as she confesses pregnancy, tries to stalk him on every step and makes him really miserable only by claiming she cannot live without him. It is the deed of desperation she is doing on every day, with the stalking, and calling to his home, to the office. She claims she needs him, his love, she wants to have his child. And all he wanted was a weekend fun.

Now how to confess to the wife (do you confess at all?).. well, the road is steep and long. He doesn't want his life to change at all but he no longer has the control. His weekend affair turns into a raging bull with the angry woman that claims she adores him.

The piece will make you think about the virtues you have and the sacrifices you are willing to make. Also to think about one deed in one night, if it's worth the effort. Would you really want to take everything to the edge and take the risk of losing it all for one day of fun? Highly doubtful for most of the population. And this is the tagline this movie is aiming towards.
Splendid cast by Glenn Close, a good one by Douglas. It is the 80 movie and as such works in this environment. To nowaday spectator it will look out of date. But the topic is as vivid as ever.

My personal rate: 7,5 (a good classic to see, live in any given moment).

Fatal Attraction on IMDB

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