DVD Review: The Fly
The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg, is an interesting film to say the least, reminiscent of other great horrors of the 80s, such as John Carpenter’s The Thing and Ridley Scott’s Alien. The film stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It follows an eccentric scientist, Seth Brundle (Goldblum) and his teleportation experiment. This experiment ends up going horribly wrong and Brundle is transformed to a human/fly hybrid. Along the way we meet his lover and journalist, Veronica Quaife, who was documenting his experiment.
It was quite slow burner, and much like Alien, surprises you in the end, reminding you that watching re releases of these old movies isn’t a waste of time as you find yourself enjoying them as much, if not more than some modern horrors by the time the credits roll. Also in terms of the oldness of the film, it was severely dated in terms of special effects, but this just made it more of a pleasure to watch and reminisce how the original behind the scenes of films were mostly hand made with minimal cgi if any. It makes you appreciate how far film has come.
Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis worked well together to provide the onscreen romance that was needed to make the film make more sense. It was an experience to watch and a pleasure at the same time. At points the romance didn’t make any sense to me but in the end it truly mattered to the character development.
David Cronenberg’s The Fly is, if for nothing else, worth the watch just to witness Jeff Goldblum’s slow mutation into a humanoid fly.
Rating: R16 Violence & Sex Scenes.