THE WIFE  – 9.0

In a word:  Compelling

     If you prefer movies with a lot of action, sex, violence, Sci-Fi or political correctness, do not see this movie. This is pure drama with superb acting on the part of the prime stars, Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close, who already has landed a Golden Globe for her masterful performance, not to mention a number of other awards. And, yes, she’s up for an Oscar as well.

     Set in 1992, Connecticut, the story begins where John Castleman, a famed literary giant, receives a call from Sweden telling him he is being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He and wife Joan (Close) are elated and make their way to Stockholm for the grand awards.

     Meanwhile, the director brings us into flashbacks when these two lovebirds first met, wedded and established a harmonious relationship in which the wife helps and guides him through everyday living, more so than we could have imagined. The story expands to the young adult son who has issues with his careless father, and a few dalliances which The Wife is expected to ignore.

     The main plot surrounds a surprising revelation which sends all the main parties into an uproar. While the audience will admire the achievements and skills of the main character (Pryce) we begin to admire his wife more, for reasons I won’t expose in this review. See the movie.

     As deep dramas often go, there are a few slowdowns that would prevent this story from being rated a full 10. But for drama lovers, that did not impede the interest of this story for myself or my wife. This is a first-class lesson for students in film acting school.

     We attended this film as a stand-alone feature in a city outside of Melbourne as it’s still yet to be fully released.

     I give it a 9 out of 10. 

The Wife (2017) – IMDb

2 Responses to A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE WIFE” – 9.0

  1. Helen Bennett February 16, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

    Yes, I finally received this review! I do want to see “The Wife,” and wish Academy Award nominated films would get here sooner.

    I just saw Jonathan Pryce in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” I liked it a lot. Other stars were Dan Stevens (as Charles Dickens) and Christopher Plummer (as Scrooge). Anyone interested in the writing process should see this movie. This is another wonderful film that never made it here.

  2. Margie Epstein February 17, 2019 at 11:45 am #

    Hi, Marshall. . . I saw “The Wife” some time ago when it was released in Atlanta. It’s an excellent adult film. . . something sorely missing in our lives. Not to be missed.