November 9, 2011
Small review: The Women (1939)
I first saw The Women years ago but like a lot I didn't think much if it at the time until I revisited it again. This happens a lot and opinions on movies you didn't like the first time around can change with a second viewing a few years later, this is one of them.
Who needs men? Not in this movie but that doesn't stop them from men being THE topic of discussions among these groups of females. Husbands are cheating on wives and wives cheating on husbands, men - men - men!
The main focus of the story is Norma Shearer's character and finding out her beloved husband is seeing another woman behind her back, from the mouth of a manicurist. Who he's been seeing is none other than Joan Crawford whose subsequently goes behind his back with another man later on. But oddly she wasn't my favorite, that would be Rosalind Russell whose more of a crackerjack here than she is in His Girl Friday, her mouth keeps going and going (in a funny, hilarious way of course), she butts in where she doesn't belong and has her share of marital woes as well.
It's a fun, fun movie and part of the legendary year of 1939. I haven't seen the remake that came out and I don't plan to, best to leave well enough alone, sometimes you just can't remake the classics. So don't fix what isn't broken as the saying goes.