Friday, March 25, 2011

'Mildred Pierce'

I love the poster. With Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, and Evan Rachel Wood.

Troy Patterson on the (too?) classy 'Mildred Pierce':

Todd Haynes' adaptation is too classy for its own good.


Preferring to redomesticize Mildred Pierce, Haynes arrives at a film—a five-part, five-hour miniseries—that is merely pretty good. He seems rather domesticated himself—tamed, housetrained, his gleaming claws clipped. One way of reading things is to suppose that contact with the medium of television has inclined Haynes to imagine Mildred Pierce as the classiest soap opera ever aired...

In defense of Mr. Haynes, I'm guessing that's exactly what network execs asked for -- something tamed just a notch. It is HBO, after all. Beamed straight into people's living rooms. Mini-series are a family sort of thing. Yes?

I can't wait to see this movie, even if it's a bit rounded on the edges. Footage I've seen is, yes, very classy. Suits me fine.

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