May 22, 2015 Leave a comment
Money can buy many objects and feelings. But can it buy love? The obvious answer would be no. And as a subject for a movie, that might be considered an old topic. But Indecent Proposal, which explores it in a most blatant manner, is surprising. The film is deeply moving and romantic.
David and Diana have been in love since high school. They are now adults, married, and trying to make a living. But they’re both in the housing industry which is declining. His architectural skills aren’t in demand and she hasn’t closed a sale in 6 months. They’re behind on payments and growing depressed because of it.
Then John shows up. He’s a known billionaire who people like. He meets David and Diana in a casino, and after seeing Diana, respectfully asks her to sit next to him during a betting game. In return, and to show appreciation, John pays for their accommodation at the casino hotel. Then later, in the most blatant portion of the film, he will kindly offer 1,000,000 dollars to David so he can borrow Diana for one night of sex.
Indecent Proposal will explore the result in a predictable and yet mesmerizing narrative. The story isn’t convincing because of the decision. What are the chances of somebody making that decision in real life? But the movie feels true towards the feelings involved. This is a movie about deep regrets and forgiveness.
There’s something unusually deep and intelligent about John. His attraction to Diana isn’t entirely clear. It’s a physical attraction at first. And then it grows emotional. But then how can a man build a sincere relationship around money? Then again, take a closer look at John, and we sense a person who knows what he wants and who he wants to love. He’s more than just another player.
The performances are strong and heartfelt. All three are key to this films greatness. Woody Harrelson plays David as good natured, easy going, but a risk taker. Demi Moore as Diana is like David but more affectionate. And Robert Redford as John is calm, intelligent, and not easy to read.
This is a provocative and yet very romantic movie. It’s an attractive picture aided by soft lighting. The director is Adrian Lyne who is familiar with handling the subject matter. Ultimately, this is a story about three people who didn’t respect the value of true love. They played with valuable feelings and paid for that mistake.