Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) wakes up to an early morning phone call in his home, and he discovers he will be receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. He naturally shares this life-changing moment with his wife, Joan (Glenn Close). The two soon travel to Stockholm with their son, who will also join them to show support. Tension begins to grow as Joan (Glenn Close) begins to question and reflect on her life choices that allowed them to reach this historical event.
While the film does bring many mysteries and some thrills to the screen, “The Wife” is more classed as a drama.
I enjoyed how the opening of this film started with a heartfelt moment for our husband and wife team (the making out beforehand I could have done without). As the film goes on, it’s rather evident that there is a mysterious past and tension that is beginning to brew, in particular regarding Joan. The film manages to keep the suspense growing while we are also given some flashbacks as to how the two people met. The film manages to create such tension that sometimes all it takes was our actors to simply show signs of deep emotion (Thanks to Glenn Close as an actress) rather than needing words. As an audience member, I found this film rather interesting as I knew something wasn’t right about this couple but was unable to put my finger on what exactly it was.
Our two lead actors worked ever so well together, but I also enjoyed the supporting character “Nathanael” (played by Christian Slater). This side character is best described as a devil who likes to sit on people’s shoulders as he seeks the truth, questioning Joan and Joe throughout the film. After all, he too is a writer himself.
Overall, Glenn Close’s performance in this film is unlike anything I had yet to see in 2018. She is simply incredible, unforgettable, and her role within this film will forever be memorable to me personally. The film manages to build a significant amount of tension and remain unpredictable at all times. When the filmed had ended, my cinema crowd sat still, left so silent to the point I felt people didn’t even want to move out of their seat.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden