Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THE WAR OF THE ROSES (1989)

Once in a Lifetime Comes a Motion Picture that Makes You Feel Like
Falling in Love All Over Again.... This is Not that Movie
On the thirteenth Lynchian day of Christmas, we present Danny DeVito's horrifyingly funny black comedy on marriage and divorce The War of the Roses (1989).  In his strongest directorial feat to date, Danny DeVito humorously channels a Hitchcockian film style to create the ultimate comedy of horrors. And like David Lynch, Danny DeVito seems far more influenced by director Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers set inside the home than by his international spy thrillers for which he was also known. The War of the Roses is one of the most unique films of this genre, being equally disturbing and funny from beginning to end.
DeVito directs his former costars from Robert Zemeckis's wildly popular Romancing the Stone (1984)—Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas—in one of the most darkly devastating comedic match-ups in cinematic history. DeVito also appears in the film in an important supporting role as an old family friend and divorce attorney who narrates the Rose's tragic story. Several scenes set during Christmas help ground this film in the milieu of an American home, and its fascinating and flawed characters are compelling to watch from beginning to end.


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