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The interview with Tarantino and Scotty is a bit of a bore, Tarantino's giggle gets just too much and I skipped it after about 15 minutes. It doesn't add much to the package.
The film is first class. Taking us from her childhood through to the time she started the Network, and before Willie Garvin. Alexandra Staden is just as you imagine Modesty to be. Cool under pressure and compassionate for the lives of others. Then when she gets the chance to show her stuff, not a lot of it I am afraid, but she is spot on. Killing the villain as we have come to expect, with panache, verve and just the right kind of justice.
Now we need the next installment with Willie coming into the picture. Also added is a precis of all the comic stirps that are in circulation.
A definate must for all Modesty enthusiastes.
What worries me especially is that poor sales of this movie may result in Miramax deciding to drop the idea of making big-budget Modesty movies based on the books. And by the time Miramax's license expires ("My Name is Modesty" was primarily made to allow Miramax to hold on to the license) it may be too late. We die-hard Modesty fans are getting up in years and movie studios don't make movies for an intended audience who lives in old folks homes.
What was wrong with "My Name is Modesty"? Primarily two things: the leading character was poorly cast and the script was embarrassingly bad.
Alexandra Staden was unable to project the personality or presence necessary to be Modesty. An actress was needed who could make you feel that here was a person who had incredible self-assurance and self-control, and Alexandra Staden just didn't cut it.
On top of that, Alexandra Staden didn't have the physique to be Modesty. Nor, in my opinion (but this is very subjective) the attractive good looks.
The story was also very poor. They decided that they wanted some kind of prequel movie where Modesty would be introduced. What they came up with was a film with a very contrived here-and-now story that provided a vehicle for a large number of flashbacks to Modesty's past. But neither the story of Modesty's background nor the here-and-now story work very well.
In the background story the most important person is Lob, an old man who Modesty befriends and who becomes her tutor, teaching her everything most children learn in school and much more.Read more ›