The Other Woman – Natalie Portman – Film Review

I am really not sure how the movie The Other Woman (2009) got past me, considering I try to keep up with all the entertainment news. But,  I suppose I may have turned my head and was too busy analyzing The Black Swan throughout 2010, that I simply didn’t see this one coming.

Anyway, it’s in the past and here we are a few days after me renting the movie from my favorite Red Box Rental outlet.  Before I forget to mention, I rented the film blindly so that I may formulate an open minded analysis of the film.

First off, The Other Woman is about a young woman named Emilia (Natalie Portman) who finds it difficult to cope with her new born’s sudden death, while juggling getting to know her adopted son and dealing with the ex-wife and trying to save her marriage as a result of the entire picture. (That about wraps it up)

I think first of all, I do want to mention that this was the best performance Portman gave pre Black Swan and should have won something for it. Second, I appreciated her natural approach to her character and her hand in the project (Producer). She had a message to relay and the film was her medium to do so. Well done 🙂

The other interesting revelation was seeing Lisa Kudrow (Pheobe from Friends) portray the distraught and angry ex-wife. She actually caught me off guard with her memorable and strong portrayal of the first wife in the marriage triangle.

Now, the story is as real as it gets and because it is a piece of true life, it was the most difficult for me to watch. I usually watch films to escape rather than be reminded of what life is all about. But I have no complaints about how the story unfolded and the pace director Don Roos opted for, to tell the story based on the novel by Ayelet Waldman.

I do recommend the movie and don’t let the name fool you. It is a solid story, well acted and a bit of a tear jerker and could very well be more appreciated by the female gender.

If you have seen the film however, please drop me a line and tell me what you thought.  

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