I can't decide if I'm going to be angry while writing this review, or effected, in a witty, ironical way. You see, in 'The Notorious Bettie Page' there is a suit-up scene. Well, of course there is. It's on this page, isn't it? But it's not the suit-up scene you or I thought it was. And I guess for that reason, I feel duped. And perhaps a little disappointed, in a perverse kind of way. I mean, c'mon, it's Bettie Page, the fetish icon of the 1950s.
'The Notorious Bettie Page' is director Mary Harron's follow-up to 'American Psycho'. It's a biopic of Page, chronicling her early days, when she first got into the photographer game, all the way to the Supreme Court case on 'smut' and her revelation at finding God.
Going into my viewing of this film, I kept expecting the suit-up scene to occur in some dressing room before a kinky photo shoot. We'd get close-ups of long legs with fishnet stockings pulled over them. A corset would be tightened over a delicious rump. Smooth, perfect feet would be tucked into six inch heels...
You get the point.
Instead, Mary Harron pulls the carpet out from under us and features the only suit-up scene in the movie, right when Bettie returns to the church to preach the word of God. For this, I guess I commend her.
The scene itself isn't that inspired. Like many suit-up scenes, it represents Bettie's transformation into a new person.
I just don't like that new woman as much as the old one. ;)