Monday, April 19, 2010

Best Actress 1988: Signourney Weaver in Gorillas In The Mist



Signourey Weaver received her third Oscar nomination for playing Dian Fossey in Gorilla's In The Mist. Dian leaves her fiancee to go live in the mountains in Africa to study gorillas and to save them since poachers kill them and harm them. She is a determined woman who would do anything to save her gorillas. She meets a man who is taking photos for a magazine (Bryan Brown) and she falls in love with him. But he leaves for another job and five years later, Dian is still in Africa and has become crazy. Weaver is outstanding as Dian, but I had a few problems, especially during the beginning. Sometimes, she is stuck with very glib, unrealistic lines that her delivery can't make up for and it feels a little flat. But Weaver makes up for this. We really feel the passions of this woman and Weaver does a great job during the scenes with the gorillas. We really feel the intimate connection that Dian has with the gorillas and it's beautiful to watch. She and Brown have great chemistry and I really enjoyed their scenes together. Weaver also makes us feel her anger at the people who harm the animals and when she goes crazy, she does it just right, not going too over the top. A very strong performance that makes her film and character work which gets

And I'm sorry for not posting for awhile. Been busy lately and preoccupied with other things. But I'll be posting more this week and next week.

6 comments:

Louis Morgan said...

I have not seen the film, but it does not sound very good.

Robert said...

I've got to check this out. I LOVE Sigourney!

Sage Slowdive said...

Not a fan, but I remember liking her.

joe burns said...

Louis Morgan: It has some very fake parts, but it's okay.

Robert: I liked her in Working Girl and in this of course, but I haven't seen her in much else.

Sage: Are you not a fan of her in general or the film?

Sara919 said...

That's a movie I've been meaning to see but haven't gotten around to it yet.

joe burns said...

Sara919: There are a lot of films that I've put off also. Not that I don't want to see them, but I never have the motivation too at the moment. How many have you seen from this lineup?