Director: Björn Runge
Release date: August 17th 2018
Swedish director Björn Runge isn’t a house hold name yet, but is someone we should all keep an eye on over the next few years. He didn’t land a knockout punch with The Wife, but does show he has the potential to become one of the top movie makers.
Glenn Close is surely going to get recognized for her performance in the film. She stars as Joan Castleman. The wife of Joe Castleman, who is a famous award winning writer. The Film illustrates the sacrifices and struggle it takes to be the partner of someone in the spotlight. Something that doesn’t seem to really be that bad of a gig.
The Wife is essentially Joan trying to navigate her thoughts and feelings about her star husband. A man she has been with for over 40 years. Someone that she has children with, and has made a life with. Joe, played by Jonathan Pryce, is mostly seen as a regular guy. A busy man, probably in his early 70s. Joe, is passionate about what he writes. That passion can get the best of him at times. Joan on the other hand is seen as the stereotypical wife. Someone who takes care of her husband, feeds him, and loves him as he is. Although Jonathan Pryce doesn’t pop off the screen quite like his counterpart, his performance is worth recognition. Pryce looks more like Greg Popovich than he does a natural born writer. Even so the internationally recognized actor still puts on a hell of a performance.
At its core the film is a dialogue driven drama. With a couple of small twists and outstanding acting, Runge does just enough to keep even the most regular movie viewer entertained. The Wife is a film that hasn’t gotten much publicity this award season. It is the type of movie that will come and go. If anything it is worthy of your time simply off of the phenomenal performances. Most notably from our two lead actors. The Wife isn’t worthy of going out of your way to see, but it is worth a look if given the chance.