The Fly

The Fly ★★★★★

The Fly is one of my top 5 favorite movies - horror or otherwise. Everything about it is outstanding - I think it is perfect. It is Cronenberg's masterpiece. It's a horror/sci-fi film that also works as a great drama and a tragic romance.

Jeff Goldblum should have won an Oscar. His "insect politics" mini-monologue is one of my favorite film moments ever. The practical FX are glorious. The makeup is awesome. The only weakness might be Geena Davis' 80s hairdo!

I think what is the most impressive part of The Fly is the screenplay. I consider it to be one of the most perfect screenplays I've ever seen. (ok - "most perfect" is an illogical superlative.) But still, the script is absolutely *efficient.* There is no filler. Every scene is needed and important to the story - and each scene is written (and performed of course) with excellence. Nor is anything missing - the story is not wanting for any additional moments or information. The inciting incident is the first line of the film. The emotional climax is the final moment. This screenplay could and should be studied as an example in any film school.

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