HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Agony
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Lemebel
Hands of Orlac, The
Cats
Death has Blue Eyes
Caveat
Kala Azar
Duplicate
Flashback
Gunda
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Vanquish
Bank Job
Drunk Bus
Homewrecker
State Funeral
Army of the Dead
Initiation
Redoubt
Dinner in America
Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes
PG: Psycho Goreman
Maeve
Sound of Metal
Things of Life, The
Auschwitz Escape, The
Jungle Fever
Great White
Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The
Raya and the Last Dragon
Letter from Paris
   
 
Newest Articles
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
   
 
  Falling in Love Ordinary People
Year: 1984
Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Jane Kaczmarek, George Martin, David Clennon, Dianne Wiest, Victor Argo, Wiley Earl, Jesse Bradford, Chevi Colton, Richard Giza, Frances Conroy, James Ryan, Sonny Abagnale, Kenneth Welsh
Genre: RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: It's Christmastime in New York City and two commuters take the train into the heart of the Big Apple to think about buying presents. Before they set about their tasks, they call their spouses on payphones at the station and to anyone overhearing their conversations it would almost sound as if they were talking to one another, in a strange synchronisation which foreshadows their encounter to come. After a day meeting their best friends, where Frank (Robert De Niro) has lunch with Ed (Harvey Keitel) who drops a bombshell that he's getting divorced, Frank and Molly (Meryl Streep) find their paths cross once again...

That happens in a meet cute ten minutes into Falling in Love, a movie which seemed to confound critics and moviegoers alike that two absolute acting megastars would want to appear in something so purposefully mundane, even televisual. Yet what came across as lightweight to most had hidden virtues for those who wished the big stars of the seventies and eighties, in particular the heavyweight talents snapping up Oscars, would deign to show up in something more traditional like the stars of yesteryear (for that time) would have participated in. And what was more traditional than a simple Hollywood romance?

Naturally there were complications to the plot here, the main one being their characters were married to other people as in the movie's chief inspiration, Brief Encounter, David Lean and Noel Coward's classic romance from around forty years before this was made. However, rather than have the central couple be unhappily married, thereby fuelling the quiet tragedy that society's mores would not allow them to be together, Frank and Molly get along famously with their spouses, and Frank has kids which makes it all the more uncomfortable that he should entertain thoughts of walking away from his contented home life for a fling with Molly, who he doesn't really know all that well, and vice versa.

As for her side of the story, she would have had a daughter to look after but sadly the baby died the previous year, which goes some way to explaining why she might want a change of romantic scenery when her husband Brian (David Clennon) refuses to allow her to have another baby straight away. To make matters yet more stressful, Molly's father (George Martin, but not that George Martin) is terminally ill and she is ill-equipped to cope with another downfall, so you can perceive she sees Frank as an escape from all that, encouraged by her best friend Isabelle (Dianne Wiest) to take advantage of the situation, she being rather more adventurous. So after a mix-up with Christmas presents (the film begins and ends with the festive season) offers them an excuse to talk to each other, a bond develops.

Before you know it, two people who didn't know they were as unhappy as they are forge a romance without letting anyone else know, starting with lunches in the city and tentative arrangements to meet, though most of their meetings circle around that station: no matter what you think of the affair, the scene where they break down and admit they love one another is genuinely affecting. The impression that Falling in Love gives was that in the modern world every relationship was a house of cards waiting to be toppled, and indeed you're not convinced Frank and Molly will stay together even in the end which is bold enough to rewrite the finale of Brief Encounter, which to one point of view could look like the height of Hollywood arrogance. That said, it was testament to De Niro and Streep demonstrating they could indeed play normal folks and do it very well without a hint of the patronising that you did want happiness for these people, and that their confused feelings resolved themselves to some satisfaction. It is a little piffling considering who was featured at this point in time, however. Music by Dave Grusin.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1830 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: