“A wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband (Jonathan Pryce), where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.”
Claudia and I, in the process of painting the town red, decided to go to the Electric Cinema to see The Wife. The Electric is the oldest functioning cinema in the country, having been open since 1906! This is sadly reflected in the authenticity of their restrooms. Please go before you leave, to save yourself a staggering shock. Otherwise, fabulous theatre! We took one of the sofa seats which come with complimentary table service. One simply has to text the number on the menu and, in minutes, food/drink appears!
Moving onto The Wife. Phew. What an extraordinary tale. The story has three main strands to it. the first is Joe Castleman’s (Pryce) winning of the Nobel prize for literature. The second is his triumph driving a wedge between him and his wife (Close). Finally, the wedge is driven further between them by an inquisitive and determined biographer (Christian Slater) who tries to unearth deeply guarded secrets about the couple. The plot is also spiced up with the addition of a disgruntled under-appreciated son (Max Irons).
“Emmy-winning screenwriter Jane Anderson (HBO’s Olive Kitteridge) expertly navigates its narratively tricksy structure, while Swedish director Björn Runge does a good job of evoking the twin period settings (a shot of Concorde in flight proves surprisingly emotional) as well as the pomp and self-importance of the Nobel ceremony. Empire“
I’m new at this whole film review business but I must say: Glenn Close was on fine form. A truly sterling performance which left me feeling chilled in many senses. One would think such templates for films could lead to boredom. However, the written acumen of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, from which the screenplay was extrapolated, does not allow for a dull moment.
If you have time to go to a cinema near you, please take the time to see the wife. The story is familiar but the acting is so fresh. The interweaving of crassness with pomposity and raw familial jealousy is captivating.