Do you remember the duet that Barbra Steisand did with Don Johnson? It really
served to point out how great her talent was and small his was. Well, that's
only way I can describe Julia Roberts and John Malkovich in "Mary Reilly".
takes on two roles as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as easily as Streisand hits
highs and lows with nuance galore in between. Julia Roberts struggles to
up while lapsing into and out of accents of various origins.
The concept of Jekyll and Hyde from a female perspective is an attractive
Director Stephen Frears, screenwriter Christopher Hampton and producer Norma
Heyman worked Oscar magic with "Dangerous Liaisons" and thought
to do the
same with Valerie Martin's best selling novel. After all, everyone loves
in distress, good versus evil story. Malkovich relished the opportunity
with the "Liaisons" team again. But it is no secret that tensions
ran high on the
Pinewood set in England. Post production and re-shooting caused the delay
the film from fall of '95 to spring of '96. But they didn't re-shoot enough
Roberts any acting ability. She is the center of the film as the housemaid
past intrigues Jekyll and Hyde. And Roberts just can't handle it.
'Boring' is just about the worst thing a movie can be and "Mary Reilly"