The War of the Roses is a ferocious black comedy about divorce, both funny and cynical.
Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver (Michael Douglas) Rose are the perfect mates whose marriage turns to manure, and Gavin D’Amato (Danny DeVito) is the lawyer who watches while their dream house in Washington DC turns into a series of battle zones that make Beirut look like a trip to Disneyland.
Most people going through divorce hell kill each other in court. This couple decides to stay at home and do it for real.
As the cold war over community property escalates into open artillery fire, she serves his favourite pâté and tells him it’s his dog.
The scene in which Douglas seasons the fish stew is a standout among several wickedly excessive incidents that raise laughs as well as hackles thanks to DeVito’s bravura direction.
Under the astute direction of Danny DeVito, this acid-dipped epic of revenge is killingly funny and dramatically daring.
The three stars are marvellous, especially Turner. As an all-American homemaker hell-bent on all-American revenge, she’s a cross between Betty Crocker and the Spider Woman.
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