Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Far From Heaven (2002)

Featuring: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert. Director: Todd Haynes.

Far From Heaven is a solidly acted movie set in the 50's that deals with some pretty heavy social issues including homosexuality and interracial love in Connecticut. The movie features Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore as the ideal couple on the outside yet battling to save their marriage behind closed doors. Dennis Quaid is a closeted homosexual and Juliane Moore ends up in good hands with the Allstate insurance guy (who is black if you haven't seen the commercials).

The acting was good. It felt like a movie from the 50's, all the cinematography was really good. The screenplay is really where this movie shined though. It dealt with what were taboo topics in the 50's very well without making it seemed forced or overly preachy, it was a real human tragedy. Check it out, you'll be glad you did.

To add this movie to your Netflix queue click here. 

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? I don't exactly remember, must have liked the cover.

Is it artsy? It's artsy in that it is a movie made to illustrate real social issues yet doesn't come off preachy.

Best thing about the movie? Figuring out that was the guy from the Allstate commercials and waiting to make an "in good hands" joke for this blog.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? In a mood to feel a range of emotions.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 stars. 


  1. I love this movie. I saw it in the theater when it came out, and was really impressed by the 50s period-feel. It's not often that period films are made that actually feel like they could have been shot in the time they were set. It's really visually stunning in that way!

  2. I agree, it was a very pretty movie, I loved the cinematography. Oh by the way you're my first comment woo hoo!

  3. Oh wow! I feel so honored!

    Have you watched The King of Kong yet? I'm not even a video game enthusiast, and I love love loved it. Highly recommend!

  4. I have, it cracked me up. I loved how that one guy was trying to be the badass rebel guy - of donkey kong.


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