|Focus Features | Release Date: November 8, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Far From Heaven would have been one of the great American films of the '50s; it is certainly the finest American melodrama of our time.
Moores stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the films brave, double-edged beauty.
Haynes brings the emotional underbelly to the surface, he also tricks up the visual surface with elaborate color schemes that provide unspoken clues regarding the characters frames of mind.
In short, Haynes is so smart, tolerant, and thoughtful that he has to be saved by his actors. Julianne Moore takes this picture further, perhaps, than anyone can have dreamed. [18 November 2002, p. 104]
Yet dramatic energy is in short supply. The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.
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