I had a hard time following it and in a way kind of boring. The Lifetime network took one of the most beloved and tortured novels of all time and made it into a beautiful love story that even the most uptight zealot can appreciate. The original book has full-on brother-sister incest, kinda-sorta rape, a murderous mom, and more absolutely purple plot points. The stage play was released in October 2014 and is 80 pages in length. Let's hope that the original director's cut will see the light of day and will hopefully obliterate this vapid, hollow Lifetime tripe from memory. Even worse, it muted most of the themes in the novel. I have read the book, Flowers in the Attic.
Corrine plans to win back her father's love, hoping to introduce the children to him soon. I am a film junkie. Corrine's visits all but cease during the next year. She obviously is not interested or does not care about their well-being. The series was very popular and controversial. Their once nice mother becomes nasty and even remarries; her new husband is her father's attorney. I won't go as far as saying it was a waste of my afternoon and I will watch Petals on the Wind just for the nostalgia but my expectations have been tempered quite a bit.
The only saving grace was Louise Fletcher's portrayal of the grandmother. I wish i could've given this a better review as i loved the book and the original movie. Cathy is shocked to discover that he is eight years younger than Corrine. The more shocking aspects of the novel are merely hinted at and what we get inside is a slick and glossy production with zero power. A waste of space in a world where compassion is a rarity.
Watching the almost pantomime nature of the range of emotions on display is somewhat akin to nails on a chalk board. The eldest son even rides a bike with a basket on it. You nailed what was both right and wrong about this movie. The children are subjected to all sorts of horror with tragedy resulting. You also want vengeance on the woman who put them there and slowly tried to kill them. How can kids be this stupid? Shipka, best known as the nuanced daughter Sally Draper from , is a sympathetic character who manages to ground some of the more melodramatic plot points and makes us care about Cathy Dollanganger, at least in the sense that we want to see what will happen next. Kiernan Shipka was monotonous and irritating as Cathy her voice-over included ; Mason Dye was stiff, and there was no chemistry between Christopher and Cathy.
I could understand why the children stayed in the Attic so long, especially when they were able to get out and visit the pond. The other actors though not great had a certain charm that sort of fit their roles, one has to understand that a page turner like flowers in the attic will most likely never be as good on film, in 91 minutes, how much of emotion can you display. Corrine's visits to the attic become less frequent as she begins to enjoy her new-found wealth and starts a relationship with her father's lawyer, Bart Winslow. It's hard to imagine the older kids being scared of her; the twins, maybe. I'm confused how the movie already has ratings. More than sixty such books have been published, which are published under her name but in fact written by Andrew Neiderman whose identity was kept a guarded secret for many years.
The good: Again, very close to the novel. When an untimely accident cuts down the father and flips the tone, heavy-handed sentimentality gives up the spotlight for melodrama delivered with the feather touch of a car crash. Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn for the most part struggle with the clunky dialogue and try to make the characters their own with semi-success. Carrie, Robocop, Psycho, were all classic films and if not perfect, pretty darn close in their own right. The movie almost could have just been made with Ellen Burstyn she should stay away from attics, didn't the Exorcist teach her about those pesky attic rats and servants, they were the best of the actors. Talk about having to grow up overnight is an understatement.
Brother-sister love — Mason Dye l , Kiernan Shipka r and youngsters Ava Telek and Maxwell Kovach in between The down side is that Flowers in the Attic 2014 is no better a film than the 1987 one. Is this character heroic or an anti-hero? The music was also nothing special. She informs the children that while her father has forgiven her, she can't let them meet him because she claimed that she didn't have any children; thus, they will have to remain in the attic until Malcolm dies. Related Links: Buy it on Amazon. Next time i hope they stick closer to the plot and not do as much rearranging. The kids looked just like dolls and Olivia looked terrifying. Amongst all the mistakes and misinterpretations of the source material, giving the Grandmother the slightest acts of mercy to the children is the number one sin of this film.
With nice 1950's period detail, we follow the Dollanganger family to the sprawling Virginia mansion known as Foxworth Hall, a place filled with secrets and cruel deceptions. Although an encounter that plays as rape on the page is altered to consensual, and discreetly off-camera, sex for the screen. If there is a sense of frustration and anxiety with their surroundings, it is mild discontent compared to what the book shows. I never saw the '87 movie version so I cannot make a comparison in that instance. Chris stops her, but she threatens to starve them for a week if he doesn't cut Cathy's hair himself. He becomes ill during their time in the attic and dies from arsenic poisoning at the hands of his mother. She seemed to be sleepwalking through the entire movie.