Monday, May 29, 2023

‘Fatal Attraction’ or the risk of reinventing a legendary movie title

Reinvention, not optimization. That’s how we can describe Fatal Attraction, the series inspired by the 1987 film classic, directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, which arrives on Skyshowtime today. And that the eight-episode narrative turns the eighties thriller “exploring the fatal allure and timeless themes of marriage and infidelity from strong women, personality disorders and modern attitudes towards coercive control”, he points to the platform. does.

The synopsis of the film, which was nominated for six Hollywood Oscars and four Golden Globes, tells us that “Dan Gallagher lives an ideal life. At a party, he meets an attractive woman, Alex, who is attracted to him. … When he announces the end of the relationship, she does not accept being rejected and her feelings become a sick and dangerous obsession.

Plot twist

The series begins with us being introduced to a Dan who has been released from prison, on probation, after spending fifteen years in prison for Alex’s murder, with the intention of proving his innocence. Trying to place itself in a very different social reality more than three decades later, the plot has been given a major twist.

So we go back to the year 2008 and there, yes, history repeats itself as seen on the big screen. Writer-showrunner-executive producer Alexandra Cunningham says she’s “ready to ask ourselves more about the characters we can see in an eight-hour television series.” Viewers will see the film as a hero versus villain story. Let’s see. But the lens through which we view conflict has changed fundamentally over time.”

Forbidden fruit

In the Skyshowtime series, Canadian Joshua Jackson (Fringe) is the new Dan Gallagher, a role played by Michael Douglas on the big screen. Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Smallville) is Alex Forrest, the legendary character played by Glenn Close. Rounding out the cast is Amanda Peet (Melinda & Melinda, Syrian), as Beth Gallagher, the wife played in the original film by Anne Archer.

Jackson says that he did not try to do a “Michael Douglas impression” because that would be silly. He is iconic, he is a star. I think that’s what attracted her to the role, and I think it’s the temptation of the forbidden fruit. From a modern point of view, I was interested in thinking about what the ego of a person is who thinks that what he does is right. Then it explodes and affects friends, family, work, everything.

“Fatal Attraction is a brilliant film, the story shocking and risky. The feminist criticism that exists today seems correct to us, but we must acknowledge that this is a film of its time”, Dawson’s actor explained. .

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