Eye of the Beholder Movie Review
Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor, two respected actors, have come together to deliver an extraordinary and beautiful film titled Eye of the Beholder. By extraordinary I mean extraordinarily bad, and by beautiful I mean beautifully ugly.
Eye of the Beholder is one of the most confused movies ever. Perhaps the screenwriters thought that they could throw in a bunch of useless scenes and the audience wouldn't notice that there was no sense to any of them. The director has also overindulged in filler scenes, in which Ewan McGregor watches Judd for unbelievable amount of time. If there was a good script, then maybe, just maybe, all these scenes might serve for some artistic value, but since Eye of the Beholder is nothing but crap, then everything is crap.
The movie confuses itself and therefore confuses the audience. First off, I don't even know what McGregor's character is. Is he a cop? A private detective? A spy? What. Not like that matters. He sees Judd murder someone and instead of trying to stop her, he basically falls in love with her (although more like a child than a lover). He takes it upon himself to protect this serial killer at all costs, for who knows what reason. Worst of all is that McGregor is haunted by visions of his lost child, but the movie almost makes her out to be real. This little girl is the most annoying character and element of the whole movie, completely unnecessary and completely stupid. If it was supposed to act as a new layer to the movie, it didn't work.
There's nothing wrong with the acting but the movie is so stupid it doesn't really matter. McGregor is investigating this woman while at the same time trying to protect her, and at one point he jumps a blind guy that is going to marry her, beats him up, and then tells him she is going to kill him. The next thing you know, he's firing a gun at this guy's limousine, trying to stop it, and ends up killing the guy.
It probably doesn't help that K.D. Lang is in this film, because the night before on Jay Leno I saw her sing one of the worst (and unintentionally funniest) songs ever. I couldn't help but laugh when I saw her.
It is unbelievable that Ashley Judd, who has a rising career with such films as A Time to Kill, Kiss the Girls, and the lackluster but highly successful Double Jeopardy, was swayed by this awful script. It is even more unbelievable that Ewan McGregor who, though ending up in Star Wars, once proclaimed that he would never do American trash films.
That's exactly what Eye of the Beholder is. Trash.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.