Halle Berry is Catwoman in her latest movie incarnation and she's just
purrfect as the Felonious Feline Fatale. Her character, Patience Phillips, is a
shy, sensitive, awkward graphic artist for a multimillion dollar
cosmetics company who stumbles upon her employers'
dark secret, is murdered and left for dead. A magical Mau, furry agent of the
Cat Goddess Bast, gifts her with feline agility, strength, speed, graceful sensuality and a whole lot of
Patience is reborn as Catwoman.
Add a sexy leather outfit complete with
whip and she's off to take revenge on her evil ex-bosses, icily played by Sharon Stone and Hembert Wilson. It's clever, darkly beautiful and
psychologically interesting (love the woman-to-cat transformation and very feline split personality)
And it's definitely a LOT of fun!
Benjamin Bratt as a detective is the love interest for Berry's Catwoman,
who is both villainess and heroine.
"She's not Superman," Berry says. "She's not trying to save the world.
Catwoman is out to save herself." But she does just happen save a bit of the world in the process ;-)
Cast Halle Berry - Catwoman/Patience Phillips
Sharon Stone - Laurel Hedare
Benjamin Bratt - Detective Tom Lone
Hembert Wilson - Georges
Frances Conroy - Ophelia, the Cat Lady
Byron Mann - Wesley
Peter Wingfield - Dr. Ivan Slavicky
Alex Borstein - Sally
Kim Smith - Drina
Michael Massee - Armando
Chris Heyerdahl - Rocker
Directed by Pitof
Produced by Denise Di Novi
As hard as it is for me to believe, all the critics didn't like Catwoman and some of
them have been downright nasty to the movie and to Halle :=( OK, everybody can't like everything but
I do think a lot of the critics just didn't get it.
Maybe they were expecting it to be the continued adventures of Selina Kyle. It's not:
different premise and totally different interpretation of what it might be like to become a Catwoman.
Some of the critics are saying that Halle's performance is too "over the top" after she is transformed.
Maybe for a
100% human lady but hey this is CATwoman, brought back to life by a magical Mau on an errand from Bast the Cat Goddess!
Says Halle: "I was very committed to bringing this character to life and being as catlike as I
could....I spent a lot of time watching my own cat listening to how he purrs and plays and
walks and when he gets angry. And there's a sound that he makes that I've tried to use, too."
She also watched videotapes of lions and tigers and
worked with animal co-ordinator Boone Narr, lead trainer Mark Harden, their staff.
and the 43 cats that appear in the movie.
(99% of the cats you see in the movie are real, not computer generated!)
Choreographer Anne Fletcher also helped Halle learn how to move like a cat.
Well, it worked... as Catwoman, Halle's facial expressions, voice and moves, especially when
toying with her "prey", become verrrry
feline which is a good part of the point of the movie. Another point is that Catwoman is
both a tribute to female power and independence and also explores the darker side of power in both
men and women and methinks some of the critics are a tad uncomfortable with both of these things.
Whatever. Forget the critics. Go see this movie with an open mind and you'll probably enjoy it.
And you might even love it as much as I did :-)
P.S. Benjamin Bratt is a real sweetie and also seriously hot;
Sharon Stone is a totally cold hearted villian but she has her reasons,along with a wicked sense of humor.
The Egyptian-inspired cats-and-catwomen through history titles
are da bomb and the soundtrack featuring
Mis-Teeq's Scandalous is ubercool!
Catwoman started in comic books, as a character named Selina Kyle
and there are some people who think
the character that was created in the 1940s is the only true Catwoman.
(As if there could be a "true Catwoman"... she's a fictional character, after all!)
Catwoman has also been
a part of TV and movies for decades with each actress leaving her own personal stamp on the character.
Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt played Catwoman in the Batman television series in the 1960s.
Lee Meriwether played her back in 1966 in a campy Batman movie
with most of the original television cast including Adam West as the Caped Crusader.
The last big screen Catwoman was Michelle Pfeiffer who played the role in 1992's
Batman Returns. Lots of people have their favorite(s) and the only way to discover
your favorites is check them out for yourself.
Here are some of my favorite online Catwoman reviews. The first was written by
Mick LaSalle, reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Here are some quotes:
"Catwoman has a dark elegance and stylish moves...an odd, idiosyncratic movie --
dark in look and dark in spirit -- that plays as a kind of pop culture investigation into the meaning of feminism and the
options open to women in the modern world...
Written by John Brancato and Michael
Ferris, who collaborated on the story with Theresa Rebeck, a Pulitzer finalist in drama,
female power but is conflicted in its ideals. It extols independence, confidence and
rebelliousness but these are qualities Catwoman also shares with [the movie's main villianess]
Laurel, and Laurel is
ruthless and evil. Is Laurel a heroine,
too?" Copyright 2004 San Francisco Chronicle
"What's not to love about a gal with a whip, stilettos and sharp rhinestone claws? Guilty
pleasure be thy name!
Halle Berry pulls out the stops with a delicious feline turn as DC Comics heroine Catwoman, a
docile yet aggressive creature who represents the duality in all women. Yeah, baby...
...Berry does skintight leather proud. Not to mention nailing the femme fatale with sexy aplomb.
Catwoman has a clean and clutterless feel, unencumbered by the traditional bells and whistles
of comic-to-film adaptations...
... it is
blessed with snappy one-liners, a sizzling romantic chemistry and Stone doing high camp as
sinister make-up queen Laurel Hedare."
"This ain’t your grandparents Catwoman. Halle Berry fits the role as well as she does the outfit, and sparks an entertaining franchise that’s sure not to disappoint.
4 stars out of 5
Though ‘Batman’ may have spawned her, this kitty’s all grown up and off on her own - and definitely doesn’t need a Dark Knight to rescue her. Though this reinvention of the ‘Catwoman’ mythos is hardly mind-blowing and is faithful to the standardized comic-book fare we’ve been getting in recent years there’s enough going for it to make it a truly enjoyable film...
First off – Halle. What can you say? Gorgeous is an understatement. And acting chops? Well, though her dual roles as mild-mannered pushover Patience Philips (changed from Price) to the seductive, free-spirited Catwoman is hardly a challenge for the girl who’s brought us so much meatier roles in the past, I can think of no better person for the job.
With just the right balance of serious introspection and over-the-top camp, Halle Berry is a knockout in every sense of the word...
What this movie offers is a metaphysical spin. With a look and attitude sexed up to the nines, we get a Catwoman who actually has the powers of her feline namesake. And as with ‘Spider-man’ before her, the CG is there to make sure that this new kitty is up to the challenge...
...This is a lot of fun if you know how to have it."
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