28 thoughts on “WCW: Rachel Weisz

  1. I’ve seen most of these.

    (“Deep Blue Sea” always reminds me of… sharks. I think that’s a different movie! ;)

    “The Fountain” is impressionistic abstract art, a story about processing grief and using storytelling as a metaphor for escaping reality. It’s a mind-bendy movie, very weird. I have ambivalent feelings about it. On the one hand, it’s kinda depressing. On the other, it’s kinda cool. Mostly, though, it’s just… odd.

  2. If she’s good enough for James Bond, she’s good enough for me! But seriously — I think it was Enemy that first caught my attention, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Too bad she didn’t get to finish out the Mummy series. I really haven’t seen much of her costume epics.

  3. Major Weisz-maniac here, and it allll started with that there Scarlet & Black. And Alice Krige. OMG. I remember nothing at all about it other than having the hots for all the women lol. Loved her in the Mummy [especially when she gets all sweaty with Patricia Velasquez grrrr https://youtu.be/y8svNN8saeU%5D, HATE the Fountain [although the missus adores it, meh.]
    Landgirls was fun. [also cos Anna Friel who was pretty hot at that time lol]

  4. She’s also currently working on a new adaptation of Du Maurier’s “My Cousin Rachel” together with Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger and Iain Glen! And the set pics (aka the costumes ;)) looked alright so far.

  5. 1. Scarlet and the Black is very pretty & kind of dumb — that is, I saw it once & remember only eye candy but no plot.

    2. The Mummy makes me want to throw things. Please to not be mentioning it in my presence again.

    3. I had already saved pix from The Fountain for Snark Week!

    (None of this is Rachael Weisz’s fault, but still.)

  6. I’ve been a big fan since The Mummy. I actually recently saw Swept from the Sea, which was slow and depressing, but beautifully filmed. Don’t want to see it again. Thanks for the recommendation for Agora, which has been on my watch list forever (with the added bonus of Oscar Isaac). And I will definitely skip Deep Blue Sea.

  7. As someone who has worked in a library for years, I always adored Weisz’s character in The Mummy. I thought she was adorable!

      1. *fist bump*

        It’s definitely the best job in the world, even if I occasionally want to strangle some of our patrons. :)

  8. I love Weisz! I have to confess I adore The Mummy after I recently re-watched it. It’s a silly action film with an outlandish premise, and yet it’s funny, witty, and Weisz plays possibly the best female character I’ve ever seen in an action film. She’s smart and independent and doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone, and somehow manages to scream and be terrified without making me weep for the portrayal of women on screen. 100% would be Evie.

    I loved her in Agora too, which did make me cry, but mostly because they destroyed the Library of Alexandria, which is just NOT OK.

  9. The problem with her 1910’s costume in The Mummy is that it’s set in the mid-20’s. I know, because I recently watched it with my son. :)

      1. Oh, you’re probably right. It’s been a while since I watched it but for some reason I thought it was set in the 1930s, but now I remember the cars etc.

  10. Can’t say I loved The Fountain but in all fairness it was totally misunderstood and misrepresented. The Queen Isabella stuff was a very bad (both as literature and historical fiction) book that Rachel’s character was writing. She obviously slept through that class in high school. The tree of life stuff was supposed to be a glimpse inside her husband’s mind. The rest portrayed the tragedy of a doctor so intent on finding a cure for his wife’s disease that he forfeited the remaining time he could have spent with her.

  11. Agora was so much fun. And I still enjoy the silly movie Trystan won’t let us name.

  12. Now I need a crossover with Obi-Wan + Anakin and Ahsoka vs the Borg. Oh my god it would be amazing.

    I loved Sunshine. I think a lot of the reason I enjoyed it so much did have to do with the fact that I know my European Jewish history well.

  13. As a fan of The Fountain, I think her dress is supposed to be a mash-up of the 16th century and a tree. Because that movie’s really into trees. And she’s maybe immortal, like the tree…

    I’ve gone about 3 layers deep into the symbolism of that movie and I fear there are many more.

  14. I keep seeing anecdotes for the Fountain that Rachel was a last minute casting replacement and that the dress was fitted originally for someone else. That bodice does look like it’s proportioned for someone taller in the torso and fuller bust. Whether it’s true or not, well. I was more distracted on the tight fit of the conquistador’s leather pants. I wasn’t expecting period accuracy for a surrealism allegory though.

  15. Weisz is one of those actresses who’s presence will get me to watch a movie I might otherwise have passed on- I think she is absolutely radiant.
    I didn’t know about the film with MacGregor and Krige! Thanks for the tip, I’m going to look it up.
    Also, I proudly own the ‘unmentionable movie’. No shame. :)

  16. But really, my one takeaway was how super cute Weisz was as a 1910s librarian adventuring around ancient Egypt, especially The Best Dialogue Ever:

    Actually, she was portraying a 1920s librarian.

  17. Her clothing in Agora was refreshingly mostly period. (plus, dude – Roman hair!) Believe me, when I see terrible Roman clothing (I’m looking at you, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) there is all the cringing. And kvetching. Maybe even cursing at my TV.

    I just love the fact that her clothing has colour in Agora!

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