Brilliantly done — 1 year ago
This is the story of a somewhat ruthless American millionaire businessman who pays for the services of a prostitute for a week. Which sounds extremely sordid.. but isn’t.
Richard Gere as the wealthy Edward is okay, though I never found him entirely believable. But Julia Roberts as Vivian is absolutely incredible. She totally makes this film, and apparently it’s what turned her into a star. I’m not surprised. The changes in her as she enjoys a life of luxury for a week are gradual but realistic.. and while the ending is slightly surreal, it’s eminently satisfying.
Hector Elizondo as the discreet hotel manager Barney was also excellent; his expressions were exactly right, his attitude to Vivien refreshing, and he was responsible for several humorous moments in this film.
The pace is great, the story powerful and the directing works very well. Totally engrossing.
It took me until the following morning to realise that the story is, essentially, that of Pygmalion or the better-known ‘My Fair Lady’, set in 1990s Los Angeles…