The reason I am writing about this film, is to first bring it to the attention to those who might not have had the fortune to watch that film as of yet. Secondly because this film fairing less than well at the box office of $5.438 million USD on a budget of $5.00 million USD. Is a massive shame for a film; as high quality of Heavenly Creature not to be remember and praised for been the stunning piece of work that it is.
Before Peter Jackson was known the world over for his spectacular Lord of the Rings series. He was making amazing films, such as his 1994 classic Heavenly Creatures (Jackson, 1994). Based off of a true life story of Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) and Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet, in her debut feature film). Now my first recommendation is that you watch the movie before you search these names, because although the film is still a masterpiece knowing what will happen all films are best when you don’t know what is coming. In this article I will try my best to talk around the event.
The film opens with (See clip below) the two girls running away from something covered in blood in shear terror, intercut with the same girls shot in mono chrome running happily towards there mother. The camera switching point of view from several times in the opening minute in what is quite a disorienting way. This sort of disorientating perfectly encapsulates what the film makes you feel, but in entirely intended and well executed way. You are dropped into the crazy world these girls live in and you aren’t let out until the credits roll.
The story is told from Pauline Parker’s perspective she is a young lonely bored girl who suffered from chronic leg pain and as such prohibited from doing much exercise. Her life was changed when Juliet Hulme moves to the same school as her, Juliet originally from the UK, by way of South Africa and the Caribbean, which she had moved to in the hope it would help her recover from TB. Juliet is a bright vibrant, clever girl and she immediately impresses Pauline who can’t seem to believe her luck that Juliet is taking an interest in her. They immediately strike up an intense friendship and quickly start falling into each others worlds. Both been writers they start writing together about a different world. This world slowly but surely starts to consuming their everyday lives more and more until the point were neither girls knew what is reality and what is fiction anymore.
Now you know the set up you are wondering why is this film worth my attention. Well it is the fourth film by Peter Jackson and if like me you found ‘The Hobbit’ (Jackson, 2012) series as disappointing as I did you will want to vanquish those memories and remember why Peter Jackson is one of the greatest directors of the modern age. In this film he draws you into the world of the two girls, like the girls you are no longer sure what is reality. This is one of the hardest things to do mixing both reality and fantasy only the best films pull this off such as Pan’s Labyrinth (Warner Bros. and Toro, 2006). It is the blending of these two worlds which makes these film so great so many films wouldn’t have been able to mix this reality and fantasy and if that doesn’t happen you as the viewer don’t know them believe the characters seemingly crazy action which is the culmination at the end of the movie.
An interesting side note to this story is that the crime writer Anne Perry, is actually Juliet Hulme “The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s “100 Masters of Crime”. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro.”(International bestselling historical novelist, no date). When you watch the film the realisation that this woman is now a crime writer you wonder whether the fantasy and reality world is once again in a very scary way merging for Juliet Hulme.
Please watch the film let me know what you thought and if you have any movie you feel deserves recognition let me know could be the next movie I write about.
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