Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Written By: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet
Review By: Griff
Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is a tiny suburban town. Pauline doesn’t have many friends and mostly keeps to herself.
Juliet (Kate Winslet) moves to town from England and befriends Pauline. The two girls quickly become inseparable and spend most of their time together. They create an elaborate fantasy world together and the two girls live inside it.
The Girl’s parents become worried that the relationship is becoming a bit unhealthy (and could be more than friendship.) and they decide to separate the girls.
The parents don’t understand the depth of the girls friendship however, and when one of the parents decides to move to South Africa the girls decide that they will stop at nothing to be together.
This movie is based on actual events that occurred in New Zealand in 1954. Peter Jackson was stickler for details when he made this movie and used actual passages from Pauline’s diary and filmed in many of the locations where the events actually happened. The result is a truly gripping and engaging movie with a tragic conclusion.
Jackson made this movie a few years after the cult classic Dead Alive which is hands down one of the goriest movies ever made. You can see a lot of similar camera angles and extreme close ups in this movie as well. It is an interesting study in the development of Jackson as a director.
heavenly Creatures is not perfect, there is quite a bit of over acting to be found here and you can see how far Winslet has come as an actor. That said, it is an engaging movie with some really interesting visuals, especially the clay people from the fantasy world when they come to life.
Heavenly Creatures gets 2 guys out of 3 from me.