Not seeing the original Stepford Wives,
I can't compare notes.
This remake was publicized as a dark comedy,
and, yes, they had some of that too, but there were so many other
dramatic tone shifts--from goofy comedy to a considerably dark
thriller--yet it's topped off with a silly closing that isn't
It's hard to tell what impression the filmmaker
wants us to leave the theater with.
There are just too many endings for a very
Humor is hard; satire is harder. In order
to get the joke, you have to understand what it is that they're
making fun of.
Thirty years ago, when the Stepford
Wives came out, it was easier. Women's liberation was making
headlines, and man's dominance (both politically and socially)
seemed to be in jeopardy.
As remakes go, this one may be loaded with
star power, but it lacks the political timing that made the original
The problem I had with the remake of the
1975 science fiction thriller is that the filmmakers chose to
make this version into a comedy.
The movie never manages to strike an effective
balance between the thriller elements and the funny parts.
The comedy is not consistent or edgy enough,
in my view, and the tacked-on new ending falls in the category