The Eye of the Storm
- Genre: Drama
- Director: Fred Schepisi
- Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, Dustin Clare
- Rate: *** 1/2
There’s a taste of King Lear in The Eye of the Storm. The similarities in the family dynamic are obvious; terminally ill socialite Elizabeth (Charlotte Rampling), lords over her cash-hungry kids, lecherous stage star Sir Basil (Geoffrey Rush) and down-on-her-luck princess Dorothy (Judy Davis). But beyond that, there is a theatricality to the movie that works well for the material.
Normally I would find the movie’s monologues and posturing distracting, but it is a pleasure to watch Rush, Davis and Rampling clearly relishing the opportunity to immerse themselves in their roles.