Sunday, December 12, 2004


Okay, first, I'M SORRY to everyone who didn't get invited that apparently wanted to go. I swear I didn't even know.

On with the review...

"In an uninhibited society, a twelve-year-old would know most of the biology which I will now have to give you in formal lecture."
-Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey (Liam Neeson)

Writer/Director Bill Condon began working on this film in 1999, finished had at least one draft done by 2000, yet the film does not see release until now. And I'm kinda glad it did. It was released mere weeks after an election in which 22% of voters claimed "moral values" to be their main voting platform, and 11 states said gays shouldn't marry. What better time for a film about the guy who first figured out masturbation and homosexuality do not lead to insanity, that women have orgasms too, and dispelled many other myths that young people took for fact up until the late 1940s.

But as a film, what it does best is show that Alfred Kinsey was not perfect, a trap that most biopics fall into. It shows, rather, that for all his genius, he was a pretty screwed-up dude. He studied sex for years, yet did not take into consideration the emotions that come into play, and that was his major fault. It was all for the science. And Liam Neeson does a very, very good job of portraying the many facets of Kinsey...the nerd, the scientist, the revolutionary, the madman (well...that probably isn't the right word, but you get the picture).

Another important aspect to the film is that it really lives up to its tagline: "Let's Talk About Sex." And for for about three quarters of its running time, the film talks about sex. ALL kinds of sex, and discusses it openly. And I love that aspect of the film. But there is some pretty shocking material in there, so if you're the kind of person who feels uncomfortable around the discussion of sex, this is not a film for you.

But it really is a well done film. Besides Liam Neeson, the supporting cast is great. But chief among them is Peter Sarsgaard, one of the best new actors around. Sarsgaard has a very difficult character to work with, and he keeps him subdued when need be, and really draws out the emotion in a very key scene.

I do recommend this movie, very highly in fact. But that mainly comes out of the facts it presents, the points it makes, and the questions it raises. If you like film that challenges, this is one of those films.

It should be noted that this film is getting a considerable amount of backlash from the conservative community. In response to that, I HIGHLY recommend this article:


Ben said...

I couldn't go because the whole time I would be wondering how in the hell the guy inserted a toothbrush into his manhood. The thought of that action has been plagueing my mind every since I read about it three weeks ago. So I thought I'd share. Merry Christmas!

Adrianna said...

Toothbrush? Manhood? Wouldn't that be... horribly painful? WHY GOD WHY?