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The Fly (1986) Appreciation

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Rich Romero

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Posted January 29 2010 - 12:02 AM

I don't see nearly enough respect and admiration for the Fly remake around here (or anywhere online for that matter). I find it to be one of the most well crafted pieces in the history of cinema. It lacks absolutely nothing. Amazing direction, one of the greatest scores ever composed, a tight script, and Jeff Goldblum delivering easily the best performance of his career. The ending brings me damn near close to tears everytime I see it. Brundlefly falling out of the pod, helpless, while the score ratchets up to a crescendo. The slow decay that we go through with this character is heartbreaking. The scene where Brundlefly is talking about "insect politics" is the scene most demonstrative of Goldblum's unbelievable performance here. I think it gets looked down upon by some film buffs due to it's horror/sci fi status, gore and over the top story (man turning into fly). It's really unfortunate, as this has to be seen as one of the great tragedy stories in the cinema. You can go through it's effectiveness scene by scene if you really wanted to. What about the amazing sequence when he is discovering his power, doing gymnastics in his apartment? The ambience, lighting, and subtle direction are really on display here. I don't think this movie could be made as well today. Today, The Fly would be done with CGI and the great craftsmanship that went into the unbelievable makeup effects work would be lost. And what about the score? Both modern and timeless, it is perhaps Howard Shore's all time greatest work (with Dead Ringers being close). I truly believe it should be in discussion with the all time greats like Casablanca and Citizen Kane in the way it slowly but so effectively draws you in, especially on repeat viewings. Too many films have too many scenes that are superfluous and unnecessary, but nothing seems out of place here, and the pacing and intensity is constantly being raised toward the finale. My main intention with this post is to draw more attention to the film for those who may not have seen it and bring about some discussion for those who have. Thanks.

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Posted January 29 2010 - 08:02 AM

there was a long thread about the fly collectors edition back in 2005. I am also a fan of the classic movie. I even saw the opera back in 2008. which was directed by cronenberg.


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