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Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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.

 

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  • Adam April 4, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Nice review Mark, how did you watch this streaming? I might want to check it out.

  • rrclimber April 4, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Thank you kindly, it is available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Instant View if you have prime.

    • Adam April 5, 2012, 9:11 am

      Of course I have prime lol now if only Amazon streaming would come to the Xbox like it recently has to the PS3.

  • Mette April 5, 2012, 2:53 am

    I liked this movie a lot, it was truly gripping and suspenseful. I also found Melanie Lynskey very interesting, she really isn’t pretty, but there’s something about her that makes you want to look at her… while I could relate to her in some terms, she also scared me, as did the whole film.

    • rrclimber April 6, 2012, 6:09 pm

      Hey Mette,

      Thanks for checking in. Melanie Lynskey was definitely a creeper in this one. Especially as the movie progressed and she became more and more withdrawn. It was also creepy how much she looked like the real person.
      I guess she plays a character named Rose on that show 2 and 1/2 men but I don’t really watch it so I couldn’t tell you who she is on there.

  • Chip Lary April 5, 2012, 1:40 pm

    I liked this movie quite a bit. I saw it years later, after I knew Winslet from some other films. The thing that always gets me is that one of the girls became a best selling murder mystery writer, under a pseudonym.

  • Jen April 5, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Wow, bitches be crazy, man. I kid, I kid. I can’t wait to watch this movie. I can see by what you mean with Kate Winslet’s acting. Just by watching the trailer, her acting has come a long way.

    I love movies that are “based on true events”. It makes the movie experience a little more thrilling, but maybe that’s just me.

    • rrclimber April 6, 2012, 6:13 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for the comment! These are indeed some crazy be-atches. After I saw this I had to do a little research on the actual event and it turns out they very little jail time. Something like 5 years for being convicted of murder. One of the conditions of the release was that the two girls were never to see each again.

      • Jen April 7, 2012, 7:47 pm

        Wow, just five years. Interesting. Well, they haven’t committed any other crime, so maybe it all worked out in the end.

  • Pete April 6, 2012, 12:18 am

    The moment where Jackson’s career got REALLY interesting! Great review man!

  • Eric April 9, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I’ve had this one queued up in Netflix Instant for a while. Sounds pretty crazy. Nice review!

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