Friday, October 17, 2008

Savage Grace (2008) NR - 2½ Stars

While I'm not real proud of the role Julianne Moore played in this movie, I must say I think she did an excellent acting job of playing the over the edge divorcee mom. The movie is based on the real life story of Barbara Daly, the wife of Brooks Baekeland the creator of the Bakelite plastics in the late 1940's. The couples only son would eventually grow up to kill his mother. The whole movie sort of gave me the creeps over the mother and son behavior.

Barbara Baekelan (Julianne Moore), marries above her class Brooks (Stephen Dillane), and into the fortune of the Bakelite plastic family. Their good fortune affords them many comforts of life and Barbara is accustomed to entertaining the highest social circles even if only for show. But after the couple has their only son Anthony "Tony" (Eddie Redmayne), their lives change forever.

Their son Tony grows up to be homosexual and a failure in his father's eyes. Brooks eventually divorces himself from both Barbara and his son. As Tony becomes more introverted and closer to his mother, she thinks she can break him of his obsession to be gay by seducing him. But when that little "act" backfires on her, Tony kills his mother while ordering Chinese take out.

First Take (IFC)
Director: Tom Kalin
Writer: Howard A. Rodman
Producers: Iker Monfort, Katie Roumel, Christine Vachon
I viewed 10/08

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