Lolita (1997)

Lolita (1997)

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith

And… back to the end of the Jeremy Irons challenge. Despite how good of an actor he is, this is really the only one of the five that was any good at all. Now, I haven’t seen the original, but now I really want to. I figure since it’s Stanley Kubrick and all, it’ll most likely be SIGNIFICANTLY better.

Lolita is a story about a man who falls in love with a girl. Basically. He marries her mom to get closer to her, then when she dies in an accident, he becomes both a father and lover to the girl. They have problems that both of those situations have inherent to them, and eventually Lolita runs away to be with another guy, who knocks her up, and whom Jeremy Irons eventually kills.

This is an uncomfortable story, and it’s an uncomfortable movie. At the same time that you see where the relationship is coming from, you know it’s really, really wrong on a lot of levels. Dominique Swain makes it even worse, because she does a very good job acting like a spoiled brat while also being kinda slutty. You both blame Irons’ character and don’t blame him, and basically, it’s a good movie because it makes you think about your own values.


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