Monday, February 22, 2010

review: Kiss of the Spider Woman

Hmmm. This was turned into a Broadway Musical? It's kinda like La Cage Aux Folles meets Les Miserables, I guess, so why not? It just seems strange.
The story involves these two inmates that share the same cell in jail. One of them is a homosexual called Molina (William Hurt) - and a rather flamboyant one. The other called Valentin (Raul Julia) is a political activist. They form a rather unlikely relationship. The most beautiful aspect of the fim are Molina telling about his movies. Not so much the content of them, as his elaborate and imaginative descriptions and the healing effect they seem to have on both them men.
Acting wise, the two leads are great. Other than that, no one is anything special. The movie within the movie is bad acting, and they were bad, so that was at least adequate. Really, the entire movie is a strong focus on these two characters, and so everyone else just kind of melts away.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet. I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it. This is one I need to see with other people and get their observations on it.
So, the jury is out on this one.
3 out of 5 stars

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