In contrast to Die Another Day (2002), I suppose Halle Berry was a little older and a little wiser for this role. She was much, much better in this pic. I thought Berry gave a smarter, more reliable performance.
I thought her portrayal of journalist Rowena Price was credible. Oh, I can’t really think of any glaring missteps. I could nitpick about wooden moments. Why nitpick into nonsense, or split hairs unnecessarily? I liked her enough in the pic.
Sometimes a performance is poor. Sometimes it is adequate. Sometimes it is good. Sometimes it is great. Sometimes it is beyond great.
I just wanna ask one question…
Did the following serve any cinematic purpose whatsoever? Did the scene move the story forward in any meaningful way? In the scene, the following happens:
The camera reveals Rowena’s naked back. She’s rifling through a “lingerie drawer” filled with panties and bras.
Tonight’s selection? The obligatory black thong. And so we watch as the thong rises up above her legs on their way to their final destination, her lady spot.
Immediately, the camera pans to her azz. She’s dressed now, bending down -- reaching for her shoes. So we see her azz -– which is prominent in the frame – poking through that snugly, fitted, pretty red dress.
The scene ends with Rowena spraying perfume on her inner thighs... left thigh -- right thigh.
End of scene.
Then there’s the next scene –- when, now all dolled up, she enters a room wearing the pretty red dress, on her way out for her date with Cameron (Gary Dourdan). We see Rowena talking with Miles (Giovoanni Ribisi) and the camera pans to her azz not one time, but two times while she is talking to him.
Okay; so, we know she has a fit figure and a panty drawer. We know she wears thongs, has a shapely azz, and sprays perfume onto her inner thighs in preparation for a date (or an up-against-the-wall sexual liaison; but whatever).
Had we not known these things could we still have understood her character and her character’s place and motivation in the story?
I’m just askin’.
The year? -- 2007
Golden Globe winner
Emmy Award winner
SAG Award winner (two times, at that)
Large body of work
Net worth in the tens of millions of dollars (isn’t it?)
… and she stiiiiiiiiilllll poking her azz out?
Some may cry for her, citing that this is what Hollywood gives her. Not me. Not at all. Not Halle Berry. Not now. Sorry.