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Venus
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8 years ago By: Sturdy
Venus order
Director:
Roger Michell

Actors:
Peter O’Toole
Leslie Phillips
Jodie Whittaker

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A dying old man finds a new reason to live when the grandniece of a friend comes to live in his town. Together, they give the other reasons to get their life together and come to understand one another.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Creepy. That’s the best way to sum up VENUS. It wasn’t a bad movie and it definitely wasn’t a good movie, it was just…creepy. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but watching an 80 year-old man make passes at an 18 year-old girl for 90 minutes kind of creeps me out. However, after I got passed the idea, VENUS still wasn’t that much of a film. I understand what VENUS was trying to be, but the filmmakers failed all around. The relationship was more disturbing than touching and the lack of character development hindered the film and prevented the supposed point from getting across.

I think maybe I missed the point of VENUS because at the end I wasn’t sure what the point was. I didn’t feel that any of the characters progressed as they should have. Peter O’Toole’s character was just as disturbing as he was when the movie started and he never sought forgiveness for what he did to his ex-wife. In fact, he continued to be more of a pig all the way to the end. The girl also seemed to get worse with barely a hint of hope in the very last scene. Neither character had much of an arc with both of them ending up worse than what they started out as.

Of course, I respect the great Peter O’Toole. It was nice to watch one of the greatest actors of all time turn in another great performance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to make the movie great. His supporting cast also turned in great performances, especially Jodie Whittaker. She got on my nerves at times, but that was kind of the point of her character.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Roger Michell and Kevin Loader: These guys are a little dry for my liking, but they do a moderately good job of keeping the commentary moving. At times it felt like they’d rather be doing anything but doing a commentary. At other times, I wanted to make rude hand gestures as if to tell them to hurry up and spit out their sentences.

Deleted Scenes (4:07): Not much to write home about here. Most of these were longer shots of Peter O’Toole’s character. None of them impacted the story and all of them deserved their place on the cutting room floor.

Venus: A Real Work of Art (13:47): This is a fluff piece discussing the movie and the people in it. There’s a lot of movie scenes considering it’s less than 15 minutes. Also, not enough Peter O’Toole and too much Roger Michell.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’re a fan of great acting, then I think you’ll appreciate VENUS more than others. If you’re just looking for a good film, then VENUS probably isn’t for you. I found it to be dull and pointless at times. I advise to skip it, or make it a rental at best.
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