Posts Tagged ‘cher’


Year of release: 2018

Director: Ol Parker

Writers: Richard Curtis, Catherine Johnson, Ol Parker

Main cast: Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, Cher, Lily James, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Christine Baranski, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine


Genre: Comedy, musical

Highlights: Julie Walters steals the show, Colin Firth is getting more handsome by the day, the music

Lowlights: Fewer laughs, more poignancy, a lot of lesser well known Abba songs

Overall: An enjoyable sequel once you have got over the shock of the main character from the first film being dead (not a spoiler – this is revealed at the beginning)


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Three bored friends, widowed Alexandra (Cher), newly divorced uptight musician Jane (Susan Sarandon) and single mother of five Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer) all wish that they could meet an interesting man to shake up their lives in the New England town of Eastwick. Enter the devilishly charming Darryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) who not only shakes up their lives, but causes scandal, gossip throughout the neighbourhood, especially upsetting the devoutly religious Felicia, who is the wife of Sukie’s boss.

Darryl seduces all three women and they all stay at his mansion with him, living a life of decadence but when they realise that the town of Eastwick is gossiping about them and calling them all names, they decide that something needs to be done. And then the trouble really starts…

I remember watching this film when it first came out in 1987, and although I had forgotten some of the details, I do recall thinking that it was a lot of fun and visually spectacular, but all kind of fell apart at the end. And this was more or less my feelings on this occasion too, although to say it fell apart is perhaps a bit harsh. The first two thirds of the film are wonderful – the four main members of the cast are superb, especially Jack Nicholson and Cher, and the colour and lavish production are a treat for the eyes. The last third of the film is possibly a bit overblown – I won’t give away what happens in case of spoilers; it may be a fairly old movie by now, but still people will be watching it for the first time – and visual effects seem to take over from the story itself, but it’s still good fun.

Susan Sarandon seems to thoroughly enjoy her role, and the transformation of Jane from a repressed and nervous woman into a sexually adventurous and sensual lady. Michelle Pfeiffer too plays her part as sweet Sukie very well, but it’s Cher as the bohemian, straight talking Alexandra who stood out for me amongst the three female leads. But Jack Nicholson – a man who was probably born for such a part – steals his scenes. Although he is rude and provocative, he does indeed have a lot of charisma and you can see why these women would be attracted to him.

If you like fantasy with your comedy and this one has slipped under your radar, I recommend it – it’s entertaining and amusing, with a great cast.


Year of release: 1987

Director: George Miller

Writers: John Updike (novel), Michel Cristofer

Main cast: Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, Jack Nicholson, Richard Jenkins, Veronica Cartwright, Carel Struycken


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Cher is outstanding in this film, as Loretta, a widowed Italian woman in 1980s New York. Her boyfriend Johnny (Danny Aiello) proposes to her, and Loretta agrees to marry him, although she admits that she doesn’t love him (and he doesn’t really seem to love her either). Just after they agree to marry, he flies to Sicily to visit his dying mother, but before he goes, he asks Loretta to contact his estranged brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) and invite him to their wedding. Loretta does so, and discovers that Ronny is extremely bitter because he blames Johnny (somewhat unfairly) for the accident which caused Ronnie to lose his hand. But much to the surprise of both Loretta and Ronny, they start to fall in love with each other…

It’s a long time (20 years +) since I’ve seen this film, so I felt as though I was watching it for the first time, and truly I adored it! It has a perfect mixture of romance, comedy and drama, but more importantly it has a LOT of heart. As well as the relationship between Loretta and Ronny, the film concentrates on the relationship between Loretta’s parents, Rose and Cosmo (Olympia Dukakis and Vincent Gardenia).

The dialogue snaps and fizzes, and the chemistry between the actors – who are all excellent – is great. Cher proves (as if there was ever any doubt) that she acts as well as she sings, and Dukakis and Gardenia lend excellent support, as does Feodor Chaliapin as Loretta’s grandfather. Nicolas Cage – who I often find quite irritating as an actor – is also on fine form here, reminding people that when he wants to, he really can act. Despite the 18 year age gap between Cage and Cher, they actually look great together on screen.

The final scene is also an absolute joy and finishes the film off perfectly. And as if it weren’t perfect already, there are five ultra-cute dogs which appear throughout the film.

This is just a lovely feel-good film, and I’ll definitely be watching it again!

Year of release: 1987

Director: Norman Jewison

Writer: John Patrick Shanley

Main cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Feodor Chaliapin

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