Rating: Active Eruption
A provocative and fascinating movie about the famous sexual behaviorist, Alfred Kinsey. Played with his usual immersion into the character’s personality and psyche, Liam Neeson brings Kinsey to life. Laura Linney is wonderful as Kinsey’s wife, Clara, and in the course of the film evolves from naïve student to young bride to eager sexual partner to compassionate mother, all roles played with realism and understanding. The film traces Kinsey’s early interest in biology as a boy, his defiance to study it in college despite his father’s disappointment in his career choice, and later, his passion in unlocking the secrets of human sexual behavior. All of this is set against a backdrop of his own (and his wife’s) sexual evolution.
The Kinsey studies and their sensational results had the effect of a bomb being dropped on America’s social value system, especially considering the timeframe of the 1940s. The studies paved the way for the so-called “sexual revolution” of the 60s, a time of social liberation. It seems we’ve come a long way since then, or have we? The timing of this movie’s release is particularly interesting, given the recent political and social hot buttons in the country. It’s almost as if we have come full circle, when religious zealotry may once again be heading toward sexual repression and perhaps even laws that govern what can and cannot take place in the bedroom. In fact, this movie may never be seen in certain parts of this country and many groups are trying to ban it from being seen at all. See it while you can.
Rating: Active Eruption (certainly no pun intended).
This will be one the most discussed movies of the 2004 holiday season. Don’t miss it if it’s playing in your neighborhood.