film, Mirror Has Two Faces, 1996, Pierce Brosnan plays the
In the lunch scene,
where Alex shows up to join Rose and Claire for lunch, he tells Rose,
“Knowing you has changed my life, Rose.” The camera then does a close-up of his face which takes full
advantage of his good looks and the sincerity of Brosnan's acting. So I am in support
of more close-ups of Brosnan's face such as in this scene.
I love this movie and
I love Alex’s brief scenes. What’s
amazing about this movie is that Brosnan's character, of the
millionaire attracted to Rose only for her good looks, is unlike his
own, real life. Yes, true,
he has been and is married to a beautiful woman, but it is clear that if
good looks were the premise of a marriage, then there’s a good chance
it won’t work, as Mirror Has Two Faces, illustrates.
Claire says of her
husband, Alex, that he is “gorgeous, rich and straight.” This can also apply to Brosnan in real life. Because of this, Brosnan fits in well in this movie
because of the movie's premise, of a couple getting along in their
marriage without sex, and sex is usually paralleled with the possible
deception of good looks.
In Alex’s case, his
marriage to Rose's sister, Claire, seems to imply that the focus is on
good looks and sex, unlike the characters of Rose, played by Barbra
Streisand and Gregory, played by Jeff Bridges. So Alex and
Claire's marriage doesn't work out because even though Claire is
physically attractive she is focused simply on that and therefore is
character is needed to show Barbara Streisand’s character that she
would rather be loved because of who she is, than by her good looks—or
anything else that represents shallowness.
All in all, this is
an excellent romantic comedy.
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