Jesse Gall

Sigourney Weaver Flashback – Working Girl (1988)

In Reviews on June 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I knew that Sigourney Weaver could do ghosts and aliens, but I didn’t know she could make me hate her. That’s an incredibly impressive acting job since I love her so much. It’s an injustice, but I had never seen Working Girl, and when I saw it for the first time last night I couldn’t help but regret all the years I lived without seeing it.

Constantly hilarious and eternally thought provoking, Working Girl is an expose of business life in a patriarchal world. Granted, the business world this film exposed was the 1988 business world, but I’d venture to say that not much has changed. At its core, Working Girl is a jaunting prod at corporate America and the values that seem intrinsically bound to success. But inside its many layers, Mike Nichols crafts a subtle commentary of sexism and disloyalty that run rampant in this Cutthroat America

Melanie Griffith is soft and courageous, displaying a strong character and significant change as the film goes on. Nothing more can be asked of a lead actress.

Harrison Ford looks incredibly young, though he was only 46 when he shot this film. He’s got all the sincerity and kindness you could ask from a debonair well-meaning leading man, and his big brown eyes seep with the intensity that is so typical to Harrison Ford.

Sigourney Weaver’a Katherine Parker is the female version of Michael Douglas’ Gordan Gecko. She flits through scenes with a grace and charm so typical to her performances, chewing through dialogue and stealing every scene. By the end of the film, there is no doubt what Meryl Streep’s inspiration for Miranda Priestley might have been. In fact, Sigourney is better if I dare say. There is no compassion or consideration for her character, no divorce or any other tragedy, just plain villainy. The scariest thing about her though has to be her realism. There are Katherine Parkers in the world, a truth that is truly terrifying. Working Girl is fun and provocative, and if that doesn’t do it for you, go see it for the hair.              

Until the end, the Mended Blend      

 

 

 

 

 

 

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