Plot-Cult Epics re-release of the film from 2004 that chronicles Bettie Page’s last 3 years before she disappeared from the spotlight.
Review-Cult Epics is one of my favorite studios and I love their re-releases of such obscure classics that they been given us as of late, but this film I know to the studio is their labor of love, but to me it was awful. What a letdown, I was so looking forward to this film. At first I thought my hopes were too high, so I had to watch it twice just to see if maybe I was wrong the first time before I wrote this review. Let the record state, I am a huge Bettie Page fan so much so that watching Paige Richards play her was painful. She made Bettie Page seem so unimportant instead of the icon she is. This film was color till it came time to photograph or film Bettie,then it went to black and white for that footage, I guess it was trying to make it look as realistic as possible to that era. Even, the sexual stuff in this film just came across as boring and lame. I mean, you can tell that Paige and director Nico B were fans of Bettie Page. But, when the dialogue just comes across as so lazy and the characters felt so one dimensional. And to sit thru it twice, was just as painful time two, as time one was.
As the world knows Bettie Page was the number one pin up model in the mid to late 1950′s. This film just does not respect that fact or make it feel important. It just comes across as bland, like ok sure. Not one character or shot in this film really jumped out to me, and begged me to pay attention. This seemed like a nostalgic high school play. The majority of this film is told thru a series of reenactments of some of Bettie’s most famous scenes that are bondage related. And they lack the sex appeal and attention the original Bettie demanded and just seems so ridiculous. Again, I am a huge fan of this studio and know who Nico is, and love Bettie Page, but this was a bad film.
While I applaud Cult for putting this film on blu ray and really giving it some love, this is just such a bad film that even the most die-hard Bettie Page fans may not be as fair as I was with it.
2 out of 10