Saturday, January 14, 2006

I've just finished watching the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives. A whole ninety minutes of pointlessness. I haven't seen the original so I don't know whether it was as vacuous as this. It seems to think it's taking digs about the politically correct and incorrect but in the end comes out muted, it doesn't revel in the behaviour of the men (you've turned your wife into a robot so you can use her as a cash machine?) but nor does it show the alternative to be much better. The characters play as stereotypes for most of the film, then get brief moments to make a speech to show their individuality. And if this is a town where men are 'real' men and women are 'real' women then what are the gay couple doing there? At least the scene where the Stepford Wives are being innocently insulting towards 'the only Jew in the village' seemed to have some point. And I assume the joke about how no-one would notice a town of robot women in Conneticut would get laughs in the United States?

This film has nothing to say to anyone about anything. But at least it's that rarest of things these days, a ninety minute film.


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