Cronenberg’s Spider

Over the week­end, I saw David Cro­nen­berg’s new Film Spi­der with Tbone, who wrote a review. One thing I’d like to com­ment on, are Miran­da Richard­son’s sev­er­al excep­tion­al­ly note­wor­thy per­for­mances, as both Fiennes’ Moth­er and Stepmother.

The first char­ac­ter is a mod­el of 1950s restraint and beau­ty, duti­ful­ly prepar­ing din­ner for her fam­i­ly and accom­pa­ny­ing her hus­band to the Pub, though she’d rather be at home. This is the boy’s (Fiennes) ide­al­ized vision of his Moth­er. Richard­son plays the role much like Julianne Moore did in Far From Heav­en. As an audi­ence mem­ber, you can’t hard­ly resist her virtue.

The sec­ond char­ac­ter, is a trashy pub-girl that Fiennes’ father picks up for a lit­tle action, and even­tu­al­ly becomes the boy’s Step-mom. Wear­ing a leop­ard print coat, and stained teeth, this char­ac­ter casu­al­ly gives a hand­job to the boy’s Father under an over­pass. She encour­ages the mur­der of the boy’s Mom, and becomes the object of the boy’s vin­dic­tive inten­tions lat­er in the film.

In addi­tion, she also steps into the role of the half-way house-mas­ter, where she tor­ments Fiennes.

What is tru­ly incred­i­ble, watch­ing Richard­son, is that you real­ly aren’t sure if it’s the same actress. They are so dif­fer­ent in appear­ance and behav­ior, that the screen­writer and Cro­nen­berg must’ve been jump­ing for joy.

It’s a creepy film, about a creepy guy. But, while Ralph Fiennes is mum­bling into a jour­nal for an hour, I think Miran­da Richard­son deserves the cred­it for hold­ing it all together.

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