Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel rewarding a spectacular body of work, Joan will confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and some long-buried secrets. 'The Wife' is a poignant, funny and emotional journey, a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation...
I have not read the novel from which the script was adapted, so it may be the fault of the original work, but this is leaden and predictable. Even the likes of Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close fail to give it the spark of life, and the best performance is that of Christian Slater. If Glenn Close wins the Oscar, it will be in spite of this film, rather than because of it.
Has to be a 4 as, although a bit stage play than film, has actual acting going on. Forget what is like. No wonder Glenn Close up for some awards etc.
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Predictable and Rather Boring
- The Wife review by EJ
I was really looking forward to this dvd coming, as it has a strong cast and a theme I thought would be right up my street, but alas, another boring movie that just doesn't hit the mark. The storyline is so predictable it just fills you with disappointment and although the acting was good (particularly Jonathan Pryce; I didn't actually think much of Glenn Close's acting and was surprised she was up for an Oscar nomination) it couldn't hold my attention. Again, disappointing.
An okay movie mainly held together by the acting. Glen Close (looking and acting like an American Judi Dench) and Jonathan Pryce were excellent but Christian Slater, in a supporting role, was even better. Somewhat disappointed after all the highly rated critic reviews.
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A Winner for those who enjoy something out of the usual run of films.
- The Wife review by PR
So much of this film obviously went unnoticed by some of the reviewers. The acting was excellent and the script sharp. One of the best films I have seen this year. Such a change not to have to battle through mumbling actors and terrible lighting. Glen Close deserved her nomination for an Oscar in a part that suited her particular style of acting. It is amazing how the reviews differ as if we all saw a different film but then that is perhaps why it was so good - it stirred our emotions in different ways. 4 star definitely.
I really enjoyed this film, despite the slightly predictable story line. As mentioned elsewhere, the acting was good (although I felt Jonathan Pryce was at least the equal of Glenn Close and I did not particularly like the mannered acting of Christian Bale) and overall it felt like a quality production. It was nicely shot, which added to the atmosphere, and well directed.
but having said that the acting of the leads was excellent and it was worth watching the film for them.
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Seen a lot of rubbish lately so this was refreshing
- The Wife review by DH
Don't know if I've rated higher because of the dross we've been seeing but this was nicely acted and a decent story. Worth a watch.
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Interesting Movie - well worth watching
- The Wife review by PC
Glenn Close is rarely in a bad movie and gives a touch of gravitas to every role she plays. The Wife is one of only two films from this years Oscars which I wanted to see. Superb acting throughout with great support from Jonathan Pryce. It is slow burning, so if you like action fims this may not be to your liking. I could have done without the elderly sex scene in the first minute of the film, but a suppose it underlined the lengths to which Glenn Close's character was willing to accommodate her husband - a vane self-absorbed man. I will not say any more as I do not want to give anything away. Recommended.