Post by urbanpatrician on Sept 12, 2020 3:50:59 GMT
Lol, are you kidding?
Fatal Attraction is a decent event of its time, but Basic Instinct was a visionary work from an auteur who understands both the genre and its influences.
Fatal Attraction is talked about for Close only. Basic Instinct is a superb work of nerdom, and it shows in every aspect of the film including Jan De Bont's vibrant cinematography creating a pulpy world of San Francisco that was equally ahead of its time and at some moments... felt like Vertigo.
And ..... I prefer pretty much all the actors of Basic Instinct as well.
1987 - trashy, boring, somewhat regressive/sexist 1992 - trashy, fun, ahead of its time
Would you like Fatal Attraction any more if it had retained its original ending?
Hmmm I'm not sure. Don't think it would've mattered. I just dislike the whole premise of Douglas putting his dick in crazy, as it were, being played so straight as cautionary tale, holding up the ideal white suburban family as this ideal to come back to. It's just pretty boring. One would think the idea of a puritanical sex thriller would be oxymoronic, but that basically sums up America's relationship with sex; this blend of prurience and prudishness.
But I agree with Maria Helena. I love both Close and Stone in these movies but I'll always take the bunny boiler.