Lolita (1997)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 67

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Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Dominique Swain (Lolita), Jeremy Irons (Humbert), Frank Langella (Quilty), Melanie Griffith (Charlotte)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Films
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:17:37
Genres: Old-Young Relationships, Teen-Childhood

Plot – Spoilers:
If you’re gonna watch this film, it’s highly recommended that you first watch Kubrick’s version. This one follows the book closer – it’s the same story, but Adrian Lyne’s Lolita opts to heighten and detract different aspects. And so it feels like a satisfying second read of a book or a second watching of a movie, because you get a fresher perspective and newer insights that might not have occurred to you earlier.

Humbert is more the pervert here, Lolita is more sexual and more manipulative, but ironically, both are also more tragic. In Kubrick’s Lolita, he begins with the ending which diminishes an angle that Humbert probably didn’t kill Quilty just for ruining Lolita. There, you were likely to feel that the murder was a transfer of blame to Quilty. Here, by placing the murder in chronological order, you’ve already seen the gamut of the perverse relationship. And while you could even allow Humbert the option that he might have truly loved Lolita and believed he’d have given her a happier life, it’s more apparent here that Humbert killed Quilty because he was killing his competitor. The wretched one who stole his Lo’s heart.

The closing lines of this film also further drives home Humbert’s guilt that he had destroyed Lolita forever:

And I knew that the hopelessly poignant thing…
was not Lolita’s absence from my side…
but the absence of her voice from that chorus.

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standifs
standifs
March 11, 2022 10:33 am

I was dimly aware of the controversy around this film when it came out, but never saw it until I decided to watch every Adrian Lynn film. He considers this to be his best film, and from a purely cinematic perspective, he’s probably right. It’s got loads of atmosphere, something he excelled at. The subject matter, of course, is uncomfortable, and there are obviously some scenes that made me squirm in disgust. But Dominique Swain pulls off a great, magnetic performance with such mastery that she never appears to be exploited, even though she was just 15 when they cast her. Did the film need to be made? Probably not, but it’s still a decent flick.

Coco
Coco
March 13, 2022 2:43 pm

Amazing story and movie

LolitaTheBest
LolitaTheBest
March 14, 2022 12:15 am

Kids like the one you see in this film exist in real life. Some children are wired that way some are influenced by the people and environment they grow up in. In the end its the adults job to be the adult and make the right decisions. As for entertainment this is a great movie better than the original in my opinion. So 5 stars for this classic

Miau
Miau
Reply to  LolitaTheBest
March 21, 2022 11:12 pm

I think this film was actually made from the pedophile perspective meaning that Lolita wasn’t doing anything abnormal for her age, It was all the imagination of the man.

RagingHardon
RagingHardon
Reply to  Miau
April 17, 2022 11:08 pm

Wrong.

Ceafall
Ceafall
Reply to  LolitaTheBest
June 1, 2022 12:05 pm

Yeah. In my country, there are some underage children who prefers older men for various reasons. What I mean is that they’re getting to the point that the parents of those children had to report to the police just to get them back from being “kidnapped” by these men (when they had actually just eloped with them).

Lotty Da
Lotty Da
March 14, 2022 5:32 am

Beautiful film, beautiful cast… effedup? not so much, other than the pedo theme of course. Still, great acting makes it worth a watch. For truly effedup try to find a German film “the Golden Glove”, OMG, total crazy effedup insanity. I loved it, & you will too… thanks again EU, you’re the best.

Ståle
Ståle
July 7, 2022 9:30 am

What a crazy good fucking movie!