There’s nothing quite like rivalry. It can span decades, cause wars and make history. It can also create some terrific cinema that is adaptable to a multitude of genres. This week’s Thursday Movie Picks will look at some of the camp, funny and brutal rivalries to grace our screens over the decades. But before we begin, I should give thanks to our gracious host Wanderer Through the Shelves who week in, week out provides some terrific topics for us to delve into. SO, without further ado let’s dish the dirt on some of cinema’s best rivalries.
The rivals: Annie Walker vs Helen Harris III
If you know me personally, you’ll know how much of a not-so-guilty pleasure Paul Fiege’s Bridesmaids is. At first it was explained to me as ‘The Hangover with women’ but when I watched it I realised it’s a lot better than The Hangover trilogy mainly because it’s actually funny. The film follows Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), down on her luck feeling the sting of the recession, trying to plan a bachelorette party for her best friend, Lillian. However, when the seemingly perfect (and rich) Helen Harris (Rose Byrne) offers her help, it sparks a rivalry between the two as they fight for Lillian’s approval. The film provides a lot of laughs and is perfect to watch when you’re feeling glum.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The rivals: Baby Jane Hudson vs Blanche Hudson.
Confession: I’ve never seen iWhatever Happened to Baby Jane but it’s here for a good reason. Firstly, the film follows two sisters; the aging Child Star, Jane, played by Bette Davis who looks after her wheel chair bound sister, Blanche, played by Joan Crawford, who was also once a child actress. The film, as I’ve read, is filled with bitterness and bile as Blnache plots to get revenge on Jane for the car crash that left her crippled. Of course, this film takes the rivalry off screen as well; it’s well documented that Joan Crawford and Bette Davis hated one another which makes this film rivalry all the more juicy. Despite being a campy thriller, it’s still one of the classics (and will probably turn up in one of my reviews quite soon)
Kill Bill (2003)
The rivals: The Bride vs The Deadly Viper Squad and Bill.
Quite possibly one of the bloodiest rivals in cinema, Kill Bill sees Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) an ex-assassin seek revenge for the murder of her daughter by her old team. The Tarantino flick sees Beatrix go down her list and attempt to slay each member of the assassin squad to get its leader, Bill. The epic two parter is filled with incredible, but brutal, fight scenes and some terrific acting from the cast. It’s a bit of a phenomenon and certainly deserves a place on this list.
So there its, a few of the most classic and some of my favourite rivalries on the big screen. I’m looking forward to reading everyone elses picks and hope you enjoyed reading this.