Joan Allen's performance


I was really pleased with the film adaptation of this story. I'm a fan of the novella and though most of King's books fall flat in movie form (in my opinion anyway), overall I enjoyed this.

I normally really like Joan Allen, but I have to admit I was underwhelmed by her performance in A Good Marriage. I couldn't put my finger on it, but there was something lacklustre about it. I think someone like Diane Lane would have done a better job.

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Just goes to show you: different strokes for different folks. I thought her performance quite good. Perhaps not as good as others she's done, but full of little nuances that helped make the character an individual rather than a stereotype. Nonetheless, Lane would have been a good choice for the role as well.

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"Diane Lane, come and save this!" was exactly what kept running through my mind. Maybe readers of the novella were privy to Darcy's internal "Oh my god, what do I DO?!" dialogue, but this movie's viewers weren't, which puts the burden on the actress to convey the thought process - and what must be torture - she's going through. Allen just sort of went through the motions, and I didn't get a sense of how she *felt* about The Choice - or much else, for that matter. There's a scene in Unfaithful in which Lane conveys to the audience page after page of ecstasy, pain, fear, excitement, guilt, bliss, and
dread - all without a word of dialogue. She would have nailed this character.

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... which puts the burden on the actress to convey the thought process - and what must be torture - she's going through.
I thought she conveyed this beautifully. We realise whilst watching that Darcy, like Bob, has her own, quite different sets of obsessions, nuances and quirks which all come into play and assist her towards formulating her plan against Bob.🐭

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I loved the story while reading it. Personally, I didn't even think about actresses or actors. I was thinking of a woman I work with! She and her husband sort of remind me of this couple.
I'm not saying that her husband is a killer....  how would I know?
I'm just saying that I never pictured this couple as Joan Allen, a fave in many films, and Niles Crane's drunken brother-in-law....(Frasier)
Marcy and Bob were more like my short haired slightly dumpy co-worker and her crew-cut nondescript husband. Her description of their marriage and the way I see them is pretty much the way I saw this couple.
Sometimes you don't need to cast actors. While reading, I cast just about anyone if the characters remind me of people I know.

I thought Allen was pretty good in this but I never would have thought of her when it came to casting this movie.

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night"

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I think the fact that she has had her face *Done* takes away from not only her beauty but real expression necessary for the part. I'm sad she felt she needed to get work done.

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Her inability to move her face could have something to do with it. *smh* Damn shame. She's a wonderful actress. Loved her in The Crucible.

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I enjoyed her performance but agree about her face :(

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