The Harg (crummywatertowr) wrote in reviewsrhere,
The Harg


Recently, I have been studying and teaching Orsen Welles in a media literacy course at school. The amazing thing about Welles is that he spent his whole life doing anything to make his art. Kinsey follows nearly the same story.

Taking a cue from Robots, Kinsey sees a need and fills it. He sees that this country, because of its Puritan and Victorian ancestry, was (you can argue that it still is) a very prudish country. It was only sixty years ago that people really believed that masturbation led to blindness. Kinsey sets out to study sex scientifically -- meaning love has to be place aside because unlike sex, it can't be studied scientifically.

Kinsey is helped by his supportive wife and a group of like minded scientists who are willing to follow Kinsey in his pursuit for the truth. Of course, he runs into trouble (much like Welles right after his masterpiece). Funding starts to dwindle and his coworkers can't separate sex from love.

It is a shame that last year's best acted movie only recieved one Oscar nomination for the great Laura Linney. Linney hear provides a much needed to the humanity to the very scientific world of Kinsey. Liam Neeson is perfect as a man obsessed with the science of sex. He realizes that his work will break down barriers and help humankind. He shows the frustration great people like Kinsey must suffer when others just don't get their work. Other actors that must be mentioned for their fine work are John Lithgow, Timothy Hutton, and Chris O'Donnel -- all reminded me they can still act. However, the best work here is Peter Sarsgaard's. He is the first face we see being taught how to interview someone about their sexual history. Later we see seduce Kinsey in a very touching, well done gay scene. He is so convincing in his attraction to Liam Neeson that i forgot his character was bi, until he says one day to Kinsey that he wants to sleep with Mrs. Kinsey. In the hands of a lesser actor this role could have made the movie campy. Sarsgaard, American's next great actor, gives the film a center to which Kinsey needs to understand what is the one thing that is more important than his work -- Mrs. Kinsey.

Bill Condon directs with a sure hand throughout. He doesn't crowd the scenes with useless information because he knows its the words that are important. He has made a movie that frankly talks about sex, much like Kinsey wanted us too. It's a shame that Kinsey never finished his work, for I still felt uncomfortable listening (and seeing) some things that I should never feel uncomfortable around. This is a great movie that needs to be seen and discussed.
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