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By BILLY NORRIS
Published July 26, 2004
Summary: Patience Philips (Halle Berry) is an artist in the advertising department of a large-scale cosmetics company. She is timid and meek but longs to be just the opposite. She accidentally uncovers a deadly conspiracy regarding the upcoming release of a product called Beau-Line that reduces the effects of aging but has horrifying side effects when the product's use is discontinued. In an uncanny turn of events, Patience dies and is reborn as a "Catwoman," with all the natural-born instincts of her feline counterparts and all the power and control she desperately wanted when she was "alive." She toes the line between good and evil - balancing a relationship with a skeptical detective (Benjamin Bratt) while seeking revenge and trying to bring justice to Beau-Line mastermind and company owner George Hedare (Lambert Wilson) and his wife, Laurel (Sharon Stone).
My View: If I could ask the bigwigs behind this film one question, it would be, "What were you thinking?!" Introducing this film so close to the release of the awesome Spider-Man 2 is poor planning. There is absolutely no comparison in quality between these films, and releasing it so soon after Spidey cleaned up at the box office leaves Catwoman wide open for harsh and unforgiving criticism. Besides the horrible timing, the film itself is very blah - boring and lacking any worthwhile action. Reminiscent of last year's Ben Affleck film, Daredevil, the fight scenes in this movie were mundanely choreographed and poorly filmed. It seems as though the sole intent is to give the guys in the audience a chance to drool over Halle Berry in her skin-tight leather cat suit. She is a much better actor than she is given the chance to be here. This is not a good example of how to transform a comic book into a feature-length movie. The ending sets us up for a sequel, but let's just hope this one flops enough to spare us from having to endure the next of Catwoman's nine lives!
Recommendations: This cat needs a trip to the vet. Don't waste your time.
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