The Wife

2017

Action / Drama

47
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 35444

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 18, 2019 at 03:07 PM

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Cast

Alix Wilton Regan as Susannah Castleman
Christian Slater as Nathaniel Bone
Glenn Close as Joan Castleman
Elizabeth McGovern as Elaine Mozell
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by owanitall 6 / 10

Kind of hard to buy

What would it feel like to win a Nobel prize? That phone call in an early morning hour. Things that take place between then and your arrival to Stockholm. And after you arrive. What do you have to do? What will other recipients be like? How will you get along? The best thing about The Wife is that it lets you have a glimpse into that. Unfortunately, there's more to the film and I found the actual story somewhat problematic. It started showing cracks even before the big reveal. From small contrivances like Joe (Johnathan Price) appearing to be the only one given a photographer to follow him around to the younger version of him (Harry Lloyd) looking way too young to be a professor at an Ivy league school. As we learn more about him, that becomes even more questionable. The big reveal causes the movie to lose balance. As it probably should. Except, it doesn't necessarily happen for the right reasons. Maybe if they didn't go from point A to B and then straight to Z, it wouldn't have seemed so implausible. They give us a peek into somewhere around point G, but it does more harm than good. Without giving much away I will say that I found it hard to believe that Joan, as the great Glenn Close plays her, would never attempt to get published just because some embittered alumna scared her. Yes, it may have been harder for women to make it as writers, but they have done it - going way back to Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. The filmmakers seem to imply that she just loved her husband that much. Except I found the young Joe so unlikable, that I just couldn't imagine loving that self absorbed, ungrateful shmuck. The old Joe is much more sympathetic. His constant munching on sweets reminded me of my husband. There's good chemistry between the elder actors. But it wasn't enough to sell the story for me.

I feel kind of bad about it, but the character I found the most likable was not Joan, not Joe, not their their son (Max Irons) who spends the entire movie in various degrees of moping, but the supposedly sleazy biographer played by Christian Slater.

Reviewed by st-shot 6 / 10

Deal Breaker

Joe (Alan Pryce) and Joan (Glenn Close) Castleman unbeknownst to the world are quite a writing team. In fact Joe's just won the Nobel Prize, except she is the more deserving of the two who will have to settle for loyal wife praise. It seems they've been pulling the wool over the public's eye since his married, tom catting, teaching days when he first hooked up with Joan who agreed to the corrupt bargain.

The Wife is a Bergman Wild Strawberries derivation without the Swedish stoicism. Joan snaps and you wonder why she had not sooner given the near totally unredeemable character of Joe the gate decades earlier. Leeching off his wife's talent over the years he also took the opportunity to have affairs but now sees himself as the victim.

Close is outstanding, certainly one her finest performances over a excellent dramatic film career. Pryce is also impressive as the unctuous hubby, criticizing his wife, berating his son, coming on to a photographer and being outright insensitive much of the time. But the heavy handed ogre treatment all works against the film's credulity of Joan's lifetime of restraint and sacrifice that erupts in resentment and fury most people would agree was years late. The imbalance does not stand up and this wife only has herself to blame.

Reviewed by larrys3 8 / 10

Close is Simply Mesmerizing on Screen

Methodically paced but an intense and complicated drama, where Glenn Close is just mesmerizing on screen. As other reviewers have noted, it's highly disappointing she did not win the Best Actress Oscar.

Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater are also excellent in their roles, and Annie Starke (Close's real life daughter) stood out in her supporting role as the young Close character. Most able direction by Swedish director Bjorn L. Runge and superb writing of the screenplay by Jane Anderson, adapted from the novel of Meg Wolitzer.

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