Saturday, September 29, 2007

Savage Grace

My Son My Lover

It's been a long time since I've written a short review and stayed true to the nutshell, and I'm compelled to do just that now. Savage Grace is based on the murder of Barbara Daly Baekeland in 1972, and this movie is a dramatization of that incident, but it goes way back to paint a picture of a sad woman of society who gets no love, and although this is brilliantly played by Julianne Moore, that is about the best aspect of the movie.

Otherwise, the story is a yawnfest, and begins in a post WWII year of 1946, with the Baekelands being quite the well to do family, with dysfunctional written all over it. The man of the house, Brooks (Stephen Dillane) seems like a war hero, but behaves anything like one, and the story starts off with the infant Tony (later played by Eddie Redmayne) being born to the household.

As the family jet sets from one luxury location to another in Europe, you begin to wonder just what point it's trying to make. Throw in a questionable sexual orientation in Tony, with plenty of forbidden trysts, and you get a hit fueled with sex and violence, not.

In a one word summary: Utterly Boring. OK, make that two.

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