2 Minute Film Review : Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Lynskey&Winslet2 Minute Film Review

Heavenly Creatures (1994) Dir. Peter Jackson

Based on the Parker-Hulme murder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker%E2%80%93Hulme_murder_case) that shook the foundations of quiet 1950’s Christchurch, NZ, Heavenly Creatures directed by Peter Jackson, is the story of 14year old Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) and her friendship with Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet’s first big role). The two girls meet at school and develop an obsessive relationship, that ends with the death of Pauline’s mother, Honora. Combining the misty, dreary but vast landscape of NZ with the girls’ colourful and angelic entrances into the make believe world of Borovnia (shot using Digital Effects) , Peter Jackson turns the story of two teenage murderers into a wonderfully engrossing adventure of fantasy and obsession gone wild. The final scenes of the film however, that involve the inevitable death of Parker’s mother are very violent and dark. Reflecting upon this film, it is no surprise that Winslet, Lynskey and Jackson all found global success its release; as the performances by the teenage actresses are completely flawless and Jackson’s ideological approach to creating this film, far removed from his previous work prior (Bad Taste, Meet The Feebles), proves a true success. Jackson (and co-writer Fran Walsh) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay at the 1994 Oscars, unfortunately losing out to Pulp Fiction writer, Quentin Tarantino.

5*/5.

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