Robert Miller is the CEO of a very successful company. He is living the dream in every aspect of his life; elegant wife, daughter willing to take over the company and a stunning home. Of course, this isn’t enough for him and soon, personal and business secrets threaten to upturn his life just at one of the most critical points.
First Half Review
So, I went to see a Richard Gere movie of my own free will. The last movie I saw him in was probably “Pretty Woman”. I don’t know what he’s been doing since 1990. Oh yeah, he was also in “The Jackal . Maybe he should stick with the rom-coms.
But anyway. Arbitage is, to me, the dirty cousin of “Wall St”. We have a rich guy who has everything and of course, wants more. So we have what can be described as a thriller slash drama or maybe the other way around. It has some thriller type moments but is really about a family man who’s life is crumbling around him.
It is good and not the kind of movie I would usually watch but all the cast put in a fine performance and you’re left at the end thinking “should I be happy with this ending or not….”
Second Half Review
This is definitely not the kind of movie that I would normally watch. These kinds of movies normally bore me and I just couldn’t be bothered. I saw this movie the same evening I saw “Warm Bodies” so I was hoping it would be better than that. I was right, it was!
Robert Miller is the man who has it all. Money, power, respect, a family who adore him. This isn’t enough and soon enough his personal secrets get in the way of his business secrets and soon his life is just one big ol’ mess.
It is very interesting to see just how far Robert is willing to go to protect his own interests, which he dresses as his family’s interests. He is not a likable character by any stretch of the imagination but you can’t help wondering what he is going to do get out of the mess he has created for himself.
Richard Gere is very good as the main character, but to me, the stand out performance in this is Susan Sarandon, as Richard’s wife, Ellen. Initially, she is portrayed as the air head trophy wife, more interested in vacuous fund raisers than her husband’s indiscretions. However, the scene in which she confronts Robert about his treatment of their daughter was possibly one of my favourite scenes in any movie I’ve seen this year. The biting tone in which she responds to Robert’s pitiful “It’s a cold world out there”, is just wonderful: “Then you better take a warm coat.” as she turns and walks haughtily from the room. Just. Wonderful.
Anyway, go see this movie. Or don’t. I ain’t yo daddy. But its a good movie. I would easily watch it again.
TL DR First Half: “Pretty Woman” told from he other side.”
TL DR Second Half: Goddamn, I love Susan Sarandon.