Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Movie Critique 2016 – 02/01/2016: Catwoman

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a movie review.
Prologue: Go here.

Stars: *
My Recommendation: Not worth watching.

One lazy evening browsing through the Netflix came across this 2004 American super-hero film Catwoman based on the DC Comic book character of the same name. Portrayed by Halle Berry, the movie centered completely on how Catwoman came to be so and what she does after. Directed by Pifot the movie although started off well turned to worse as it progressed. A waste of an hour and a half of my time.

Plot revolves around a meek Patience Phillips (even the name is so unsuitable) portrayed by Halle Berry, working as an artist and graphics designer for the cosmetics company Hedare Beauty. Constantly rubbed on by her boss, she tries to please him with her work. One night she overhears a conversation the scientist, Dr. Ivan Slavicky, and Laurel Hedare, the wife of company-owner George Hedare, about the dangerous side effects from continued use of the product. Laure's guards find her and kill her by drowning her in a conduit pile. However she is brought back to life by a mysterious Egyptian Mau cat (that had been tagging along her for quite some-time) giving her cat-like abilities. She realizes that she is not a Catwoman with abilities that are both a curse and a boon. Disguised as a Catwoman she hunts to find who had killed her. In the process she resorts to thievery as well. Rest of the movie shows how Patience finds her killer, has several run-ins with the law, falling in love and sacrificing the same and eventually bringing justice to her murder. In the end she continues to live the life of an out-law giving into the freedom that she experiences as a Catwoman as opposed to being Patience Phillips.

I cant imagine why the director ever considered Halle Berry for this character. Granted that Catwoman is an antiheroine with a taste for high-stake thefts. But the character eventually tries to reform herself. Contrary to the original character Halle Berry's Catwoman was more of a Supervillian than an anti-hero. She could not portray it as effectively as other actresses had done over a period of time. Her antics of showing cat-like movements caused me to cringe a lot since they were more provocative reminding me of a pole dance rather than a cat. Couldn’t remove that image from my mind. Costume is bondage-inspired rather than a traditional cat suit. Benjamin Bratt couldn’t shine as Detective Tom Lone even with all his charm and charisma. Sharon Stone is wasted as Laurel Hedare, a business tycoon who will take any steps to release her product even though it has dangerous side-effects. She could have been much better if scripted well. Several scenes were not edited correctly either.

All in all a perfect movie to win Worst Actress, Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay that year. Not a worth watching it.
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