29 June 2020 | quaseprovisorio
supernatural tale about women empowerment that is a bit unbalanced but a fun watch nonetheless.
Witches of eastwick has very cool things going on: it's not afraid to show what women need to do in order to be accepted in a traditionalist society. unfortunately is too easy: husband and children. being a single widow, divorced, alone, would raise questions. mostly in a small town where everybody knows each other and expects everyone not to run from the norm. because it would be weird to admit people can be different and no one wants to analyze their lives in order to check if they're happy or not.
these three women start to feel empowered by daryl. yes it is a man empowering them, giving them the self esteem, the care, the needs they had. with the right words at the right time they would be his(yes quoting tracy chapman here). but what the movie makes is giving them a journey throughout his presence, until they reach a satisfatory and proper conclusion. we might find the way the film protraits these three women a bit simple and easy but at least we can understand they're different from each other.
in a weird way nicholson is jennifer kent's babadook. he's the vehicle where they need to process all their pain and frustrations until they become themselves. the liberation vs traditionalism, the nice men, the jerks, the cynical men, vs women that are on this to become their own identities. jack nicholson embodies a lot of different characteristics in order to fulfill the desires of these three women.
i'm not a big fan of men vs women quotes but the movie makes a good job on not being much cliche'd or predictable in terms of the visual ideas. the supernatural tone into it was actually what i enjoyed the most. not only because we have nicholson into his full force that i think everybody loves, but also because the visuals were funny and gross. the movie was brave in the way it chooses to show the gross debauchery. that's actually for me the biggest point of this.
what i think it could be better is how the movie balances this ideas. women empowerment, vs the comedy tone, vs the supernatural, vs the traditional and religious. sometimes all of these themes are not totally well balanced. that's why i don't give a bigger grade. however it's a very cool picture with things to say, good interpretations, and courage to be poignant and sometimes also desgusting. it's a cool crazy ride - even though i love george miller because of mad max i wonder if tim burton would have put his hands on this. that would probably make this film a cult classic today.
there aren't that many mainstream movies with this guts. oh and i enjoyed the ending. plus three good performances vs a always great nicholson is more than a reason to give this a go.