Pretty Woman Review – The timeless classic we all remember

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It’s almost criminal that, up until a few days ago, I had never seen Pretty Woman. The timeless Richard Gere and Julia Roberts romantic vehicle had been recommended to me by friends, family, colleagues, other film fans and a few peers as well. Everyone wanted me to watch Pretty Woman, and to some degree I can see why that was the case. But it doesn’t seem like a movie that has exactly stood the test of time, especially when discussing it with other fans of film.

Personally, I found it to be a great time. Watching it directly after Starship Troopers was a bit of a tonal jump, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. Gere and Roberts are superb on screen together, with their performances being the best of their career. That’s probably because the two haven’t really done anything to this grandiose scale since.

Garry Marshal’s direction is stereotypical of what you’d expect from an early 1990s movie. Nothing much in the way of artistic passion, and very formulaic movement of the camera. This translates to the screenplay quite poorly also, which feels jilted at times but incredible at others. What this does though is makes the film unmemorable. Presumably the scene everyone remembers is that bit where that Roy Orbison song plays, but I can’t remember much else.

Regardless though, it’s nice to see Jason Alexander getting work after Seinfeld, even if he is miscast as Phillip Stuckey, who goes from seedy weirdo to full on criminal in a matter of a few minutes. It’s not a role I imagined Alexander playing, but considering I’ve not seen him in any other movie, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

What surprises me most about Pretty Woman is that there isn’t really much to talk about. It’s all your expected rom-com pieces, elevated slightly by the superb performances of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Roberts doesn’t seem to have aged a day, while Gere seems to have aged a millennium.

Gere and Roberts have some excellent chemistry, and that’s what the movie bases itself on the whole way through. Unfortunately there’s just not enough to make Pretty Woman an incredible triumph. By all means is it enjoyable and good fun, but that lack of something extra and a handful of performances really limit it in its reach. Definitely worth watching if you’re looking for some easy and relaxing entertainment, or just a steady romcom.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Pretty Woman
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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