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.
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.
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