Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Stepford Wives

This was a real shocker to me, I wasn't at all familiar with the story of the film, and had no idea what to expect. In the end, this definitely made it a far more interesting experience, as i thoroughly enjoyed this film.

The undercurrent which was popping at consumerism was very noticeable, and as Phil mentioned, there were dialogues which almost seemed like commercials, another way to pop at consumerism.

this made me very happy, as it links to my essay in some way. George. A. Romero's original Dawn of the Dead, was a very strong stab at consumerism, when the zombies, couldn't even tell apart from ripping the heads off of their loved ones, knew that they had to be in the mall: it was where they needed to be, they didn't know why, they just had to be there,

and to a lesser extent, computer game release: Dead Rising, in where again, the zombies have no reason to be at an abandoned mall, yet endless hordes of the creatures infest every corner.

I was quite shocked at when the main character saw her double. As mentioned, this is said to be a bad omen, a sign of imminent death if you will. although we don't know for sure what happened to her original body, was she killed? was she taken elsewhere? we, get an eerie sense that it doesn't matter.

The most disturbing part of this for me, is the men. what man in his right mind would want this?
it's really weird. The men are so devious and conniving in this movie, i felt ashamed to be one watching it.

look at this vacant stare. imagine coming home to your partner, only to gaze upon an emotionless face for ever. shudder.

I had a very silent walk home after watching this, and the image of the eye-less android wife was flashing in my head constantly. it was very disturbing. although, it has definitely helped me grasp the concept of uncanny. when the android malfunctions, it becomes slightly comical, much like when most uncanny things are revealed.

All in all, the film gets a thumbs up in me, i may follow this up with a more in depth look, I'd like to think a bit more about it first.


  1. Don't be ashamed Elliot - 'real' women know that most men aren't really like that !! :)

  2. the funny thing is, some men are. it's repulsive