Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Good Woman

A Good Woman is horrible. Set in the 1930s (I think) it stars Scarlett Johansson as a ridiculously innocent young bride vacationing with her rich husband in Italy. It appears he is having an affair with a much older fortune hunting "seductress" played very unconvincingly by Helen Hunt. There are both actors I love, but Scarlett Johansson's character was just too stupid to take seriously, and Helen Hunt seemed painfully miscast.

The story would have been more interesting if it were better cast and if somehow the director could produce some sort of tension between the characters, or some sort of nuance to them.

A Good Woman is littered with fantasticly clever lines, but they are demolished in the stilted delivery and just make the movie seem stranger. I learned afterwards that it is an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play, which explains the wonderful dialogue.

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