Ultra-lame 'erotic' thriller for the unwashed masses. Ideal horror storyline for right-wing assholes fed on 24 hour news stations in constant fear of outsiders and anyone calling them on their own bullshit. A rich white guy cheats on his wife and bangs a stranger and we're supposed to feel sorry for HIM when she wants payback when he treats her like crap?
Paradoxically Fatal Attraction remains the utterly repulsive, testosterone splattered, American 80's archetype while concurrently shaping forceful satire (of itself?)... The insinuated female ideal is problematic at best. The movie is unbearably bleak and unpleasant. It is an ethical mess, but at the other side of the same coin a complex puzzle (outside of the directors intention).
I think the original ending (suicide) would've given Close's character more ambivilance in terms of "who's right" and how we sympathize with the characters. She's obviously a psychotic but it just felt too easy to make her a violent monster without any human traits. On the other hand I loved the bathroom scene in the end. Intense!
I have a weird fascination with Adrian Lyne & his depictions of sex: slow & relaxed, languid, fashion-y, and then batshit crazy. "Fatal Attraction" veers towards the more extreme end of the spectrum, and Glenn Close is fantastic: at once sexy and free and TERRIFYING. "I will not be ignored, Dan." The sex-in-the-freight-elevator scene makes my dreams.
Glenn Close is obviously fantastic and intense. But the fact that she turns so psychotically evil because of a cheating man AND the man is pretty much absolved of any wrongdoing by the end? Unsurprising but still annoying.