Saturday, January 10, 2015

LGBT Movie Review: Heavenly Creatures

My LGBT movie of the night is: Heavenly Creatures (1994)


Thrilling and provacative, Heavenly Creatures is the highly acclaimed, true-life story of the shocking crime that stunned a nation! When circumstances bring together two bright and higly imaginative teenage schoolgirls-they quickly form an unwavering bond-creating a fantasy world that only they can share. But soon their parents, disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, the girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences! With captivating performances and startlingly original visual effects, Heavenly Creatures is gripping entertainment you won't soon forget!

My review:

Before there was Lord of the Rings, there was Peter Jackson's gorgeous, refreshing, but oh so chilling lesbian romance/drama, Heavenly Creatures. Because this movie is based on a true story, it's pretty hard to not be intrigued and sucked into it. The two leading actresses, a very young Kate Winslet playing the intelligent, witty, and daring Juliet Hume, and Melanie Lynskey, who totally owns the part as the slightly awkward, dark, but passionate Pauline, are truly the stars of this movie. Their incredible friendship turns into a whirlwind romance. It unfolds in the movie at first in an innocent and charming way, until it takes a really dark and disturbing turn. The way this was done was brilliant, sad, and oh so tragic, like the movie and the characters themselves. I've seen this one dozens of times, and I'm still moved by Heavenly Creatures from start to finish. It's just one chilling movie, even more so in that it takes place in New Zealand, a relatively quiet and peaceful country, but juxtaposed with Juliet and Pauline's terrible crime, it reminds us that nowhere in the world is greener. Everything from the dialogue, acting, and cinematography is so remarkably real, and so exquisitely directed with a perfect cast. In my mind anyway, Heavenly Creatures is a modern classic, and one of Peter Jackson's best movies!

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