Hysteria: Movie Review (2011) -The Vibrator is Born

After reading the synopsis for this movie, the invention of the vibrator and staring Maggie Gyllenhaal my eyebrows were rising. I remember her a few years back making a crazy movie where she was employed as a sadomasochist, the movie turned out to be a dull affair, but she put herself out there in a role that could have sent her career in different directions. So it seemed she was looking to give us another taste of her more daring self! Unfortunately it’s another no on that front, but don’t confuse me as perverted, I just like seeing these types of actors in uncomfortable roles, just to see how they can handle it.

The Movie is based on how the Vibrator came to be. It was said that woman were being diagnosed with hysteria, due to over working or to the lack sexual activity from their partners. Mortimer, an up and coming young doctor who finds himself in a new role as Dr Dalrymple’s right hand man! It doesn’t take him to long before that right hand soon starts holding him back and a new plan is needed to keep his clientele happy.

I found the movie to be quite entertaining; there were plenty of honest laughable moments. There was no way this topic wasn’t going to be funny with a simple mind as mine to please. Period dramas can be a rather dull affair the best of times, but this takes away all the boring snobbery and has a good old giggle at itself.

My only fault with this movie was Maggie Gyllenhaal, not only doesn’t she step it up a notch, she is utterly annoying. She was totally out of place for this movie; I will never understand why directors cast foreigners for parts when that country has plenty to offer in talent. Not only that she looked like a beaver who’d just finished chomping two whole logs most of the time. I think it was the attire, not suited at all.

6.5

Seems low for a movie I enjoyed I know! but there are better  7’s out there.

Yappy

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