level with you - my main reason for wanting to see The Fly
was that I had seen the Simpsons spoof and found it hilarious. So when
I noticed it was on T.V I couldn't pass up the oppurtunity.
The Fly is the story of Andre Delambre (David Hedison), a scientist,
who discovers a way to transport matter. Excited by the possibilities
he runs lots of tests on objects and animals of increasing
magnitude ending with himself. It's difficult to say much more without
giving away the plot, but it's safe to say things don't go quite to
Probably because of my association with The Simpsons I expected this to
be a happy film. It's not; it's at the best of times downbeat. But the
acting is very moving, particularly from Patricia Owens, who plays the
scientist's wife Helene, as she comes to terms with what has happened
with to her husband. Vincent Price, who plays Andre's brother Francois,
is also good as a man who doesn't quite know what to think but wants to
believe the best in people.
There are also a lot of deeper meanings in this film; like a big
warning against playing God and to be contented with what you have.
Although there are a few unsatisfactory plot points (again, I can't say
without giving it away but if you watch it you'll know what I mean),
this film is packed with excitement, poignancy and lots of 'make you
think' moments. Don't watch it if you want a happy film.