1950's TV
Far From Heaven
Review by Ross Anthony

Aptly named, this shimmering, beautifully costumed and filmed production doesn't work for me. Apparently, writer/director Haynes plays with the interesting idea to topple a 1950's TV happy family with modern day (or at least -- real life 1950's) tribulations. The idea has promise -- but perhaps in a 30 minute short. As a feature film, there's a great deal of empty, dull, stiff, yet careful 1950's TV/FILM life to endure.

I should tell you that I screened this from a DVD, perhaps hindering the awesome cinematography's ability to inspire me to "buy in." Still, the three of us watching unanimously remained less than impressed.

Two of us felt that if the earlier scripting had been more "real," more actual 1950's speak, instead of 1950's TV speak, then this could have been a pretty darned entertaining and poignant film.

  • Far From Heaven. Copyright © 2002. PG-13.
  • Starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Celia Weston.
  • Written and Directed by Todd Haynes.
  • Produced by Christine Vachon, Jody Patton at Focus Features/Vulcan Prods/Killer Films/John Wells/Section Eight.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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