I’m still not sure how I feel about the Linda Lovelace biopic. Amanda Seyfried looks like she has a handle on the emotional side of things, as well as the flirty and innocent appeal of Lovelace. Peter Sarsgaard is spot on as her creepy, controlling, sack of sh*t husband/captor, Chuck Traynor. Sharon Stone looks like she has actual feelings as Lovelace’s mother. Actual really real feelings that look real! Lovelace looks like a well done film that should earn all of those involved some kudos and awards. It is, most likely, a movie well worth watching.
The trailers make me sad.
The abuse is very difficult to watch. That difficulty clangs upward several points when you remind yourself that it did, in fact, happen to Lovelace and she lived like that for a period of time. It’s a frustrating point of contention in my brain when we see a film meant to chronicle the rise of a woman while also showing how the man she should have been able to trust the most, her husband, forced her with physical abuse to continue a career she wanted to abandon. It’s frustrating that this story isn’t more of an archaic throwback to a less enlightened time, but more of a reminder of how the more things change, the more they stay the same. And that makes me sad.