Chick Flicks: Hysteria & MIB3
HYSTERIA: the time is 1880, Victorian London. To say these times were conservative and prudish would be an understatement. But in this middle of these times Hysteria gives us we a delightful love story involving Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy.
She’s caring for the underprivledged in the slums of the city & he’s a bored doctor caring for society women diagnosed with a condition called Female Hysteria. Back then women who exhibited symptoms like sexual desire, nervousness, irritability, and a tendency to cause trouble, were treated by very serious men of science and medicine, idiotic men who felt they knew the cure and how to help (Jonathan Pryce is one such doctor who makes a financial killing with his “treatment”). Things are thrown sideway when our young doctor (Dancy) accidentally creates – with the help of a rich, inventor friend played by a cosmetically-altered Rupert Everett – the personal electronic massager, or the vibrator. It quickly becomes a device in high demand.
Hysteria handles with humour and intelligence the Victorian times thinking: the lunacy of then-respected treatments and the horrible arrogance men. It also addresses the oppression of women with Gyllenhaal’s prophetic character leading the charge for women’s rights and freedoms. Sadly, women would not win the right to vote for another 40 years and it would be the 1950′s before this foolish diagnosis was completely disregarded. Hysteria is entertaining, with a wonderful cast including including Felicity Jones (Like Crazy). It gets a 7/10.
MEN IN BLACK 3: At the box office we see the return of a movie franchise which was last seen ten years ago. But is Men In Black 3 worth seeing? And in 3D?
Agent J (Will Smith), and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), are back as secret government agents, fighting rogue aliens while also protecting the world. But one of those aliens escapes a penal colony on the moon and returns to earth. With revenge on his mind he goes back in time forcing Smith’s character to do the same to save the life of the younger version of his partner – played wonderfully by Josh Brolin (he does a solid Lee Jones impersonation), oh, and the fate of the planet as well.
The original 1997 MIB was fun and original, the special effects dazzling. The second installment was half as good, and ten years later the third Men in Black comes across as tired and out of gas, a summer blockbuster from another era which really doesn’t stack up against the modern day blockbusters like The Avengers, Iron Man, or The Dark Knight. Emma Thompson as agent O, and Alice Eve as the younger O, are under utilized. Though it did have some period-piece laughs (Smith travels back to July 1969), and a few moments of sentiment, Men In Black 3 falls short, and gets a 5/10