Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Movie: The Women

Saw the movie The Women tonight. It was OK -- entertaining enough, but not earth-shattering. It seems to me that Meg Ryan pretty much always plays Meg Ryan, which is endearing, but same-old.

It's basically a movie about the importance of female friendships, and how women should be true to themselves, and not lose their identity in the shadow of spouses. In fact, there's not a male to be seen anywhere in the movie. Storylines involving male characters (such as the main storyline of a cheating husband) evolve through the female characters that are affected -- wife, lover, best friend, daughter, housekeeper and nanny. This was an interesting angle, one evidently also taken by the original 1939 film of the same name. (Although I bet the 1939 version didn't have the token lesbian character that seems to be popping up everywhere. As one of the characters in the film puts it: half of New York seems to be lesbian these days!)

I think I might have liked it more if the women were not for the most part glamourous, wealthy society gals in New York. Why not tell a story about women who make up the bulk of society -- everyday women with boring jobs (as opposed to fashion editors, fashion designers, writers)? Also, the characters were all fairly two-dimensional, facing the same old moral and personal dilemmas. It really didn't break any new ground.

Probably the best part of the evening was the foray to a new restaurant, 'After the Tears', a Polish vodka bar next door to the cinema. We had some Polish tapas (yum) and chocolate crepes for dessert with coffee. All this on a balmy night at an outdoor table. Very enjoyable indeed.

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