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The Fly

USA/UK/Canada 1986
produced by
Stuart Cornfeld for Brooksfilms/20th Century Fox
directed by David Cronenberg
starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo, Michael Copeman, David Cronenberg, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt
screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue, David Cronenberg, based on the short story by George Langelaan, music by Howard Shore, special effects by Chris Walas

The Fly

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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At a scientists only cocktail party, scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) meets reporter Veronica (Geena Davis), and to get into her panties, he convinces her he has developed a teleportation device - which is true, actually. But the thing doesn't work properly, as for some weird exclusively-to-the-80's-computer reason, it doesn't work on life tissue. But the interest Veronica shows in him really drives Brundle to new heights, so he programs his computer to "be creative" (? ... yeah, I know) - and eventually, he tests the teleporter on himself ... and gets really good at everything in the process, especially arm-wrestling. But somehow the computer has merged him with a fly for no apparent reason, and eventually, Brundle becomes more and more (and more and more, there really isn't much story beyond that) like a fly. This freaks Veronica out, and understandably so, especially since she's pregnant with his kid (The Fly 2 of course). She wants to abort, but Brundle figures if his fly-self merges with Veronica and unborn ... it will be - I don't know, really good for family bonding I suppose (yeah, I know how that sounds). Ultimately, this doesn't work out though and Brundle gets Veronica to shoot him.

John Getz plays Veronica's ex, who pops up in the story occasionally.


The Fly is probably David Cronenberg's most popular horror movie - and, let's be honest, not one of his better films. Basically, the movie is an ill-conceived and special effects-burdened mainstream Hollywood-update of a horror classic (The Fly) with some of Cronenberg's favourite topics ("new flesh") heaped upon it ... and let's face it, the whole thing doesn't work properly: The story is feeble and predictable and lacks the macabre subtext of the original, it totally ditches all tension and suspense in favour of telling a (much-dreaded) origins-story, then-Hollywood dream couple Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis just seem too slick to properly work in the lead roles, and let's face it, most of the dialogue in this movie is cringe-worthy. And in retrospect, the modified, updated story as such seems much more outdated than even the naive 1950's original.

Ok, I might make this film sound like a total trainwreck here, which it isn't, Cronenberg is just too talented a filmmaker for this - it's just not a good movie either, and it's actually sad to see that David Cronenberg's otherwise incredibly rich horror oeuvre is time and again associated with exclusively this film.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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