Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chloe, a good movie gone bad....

"Chloe" was a bit of roller coster ride in that I did not think I was going to like it very much, got interested about 20 minutes in and ultimately was disappointed. The story here is that uptight physician Catherine Stewart ( Julianna Moore) thinks her husband, David ( Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. Instead of confronting him she has the novel idea of hiring the slick high end prostitute Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to approach him to see if he takes the bait.
Initially I thought this movie was going to be gratuitously sexual and explicit. The characters tossed around sexual innuendo and language in a way that did not seem realistic. Fortunately this "you heterosexuals just need to get a room" vibe mellowed into something more subdued and sensual ironically when the prostitute came on the scene.  An arrogance I often have is about 20 minutes into a movie, I will swear that I know exactly where it is going and how it will end. My thought was that Chloe by spinning a made up tale of an affair with David would remind Catherine of her lust and love for him. I know it seems like odd marriage therapy but you can see it happening as Chloe describes her encounters with David.  Catherine certainly needs to get her groove back somehow. She spends the first part of the movie being ignored by her husband and having her son slam doors in her face.  David as one of those mature but sexy college professors movie coeds always want to gobble up, is the perfect model of a straying husband too. All of the pieces are in place for the perfect story running through my head.
Alas it was not meant to be. In a sharp turn near the end, Chloe becomes obsessed with Catherine and suddenly they are acting out a lesbian version of "Fatal Attraction". Don't worry, no family pets are harmed although Seyfried does look at Catherine's teen son like a cute bunny she wants to boil. Instead she uses sex as a weapon and seduces him in mommy's bed. It's sad really because "Chloe" is a beautifully shot and acted movie that deserved better and I could have given it to them if Hollywood would just come knocking to pay me the big bucks.


Ron said...

Hi Wes - Thanks for the post.

I love Julianna Moore, I respect Liam Neeson, I'm not familiar with Amanda Seyfried, but it sounds like the film had a budget, a collection of story lines to condense, and only so many sheets of paper to write the script.

A combinatiion of the lesbian "Fatal Attraction" nad "The Graduate" (seducing young boy) is grabbing at straws, and I am sure you could have made it a much better story.

Be well,

Mocking Movies said...

Thanks, Ron. I would still recommend "Chloe" if you're looking for something stylish and sexy but just be prepared for the quick wrap up cliched ending. Amanda Seyfried was most recently in "Dear John" and "Mama Mia" and she created some buzz for a teen horror"ish" movie called "Jennifer's Body".