Lolita (1997) 07/02/2008
 

When Humbert Humbert first sees 12 year old Lolita, he can't control himself and soon he's caught in her manipulative grasp.
Director Adrian Lyne's adaptation of Nabokov's novel includes the erotic elements that had to be snipped from Kubrick's version. The result is a mixture of comedy, perverse romance and provocative fascination. 
Many audiences objected to its depiction of pedophilia and some critics were annoyed by the lack of subtelty, but I can't help but fight for this gem.
Dominique Swain gives a captivating performance as the title character, and Jeremy Irons portrays a lovable Humbert. The score is hypnotic and the entire movie is beautifully shot.
If only Shelley Winters could've replaced Melanie Griffith, then it would've been nearly perfect.  

Fun fact: Natalie Portman was originally offered the title role but turned it down for "moral reasons".

4.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan


 
Lolita (1962) 07/01/2008
 

Kubrick's dark comedy stands as one of the most controversial film classics due to it's fetish-like subject matter. However, censors of the 60's stripped most of the erotic content from Nabokov's novel away and Kubrick was forced to make an elusive piece of art.
The subtlelty of his direction may be slow for some, but terrific performances by Mason, Sellers and Winters shine through.
Dig that funky score and those sexy sunglasses.


4.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan