Blue Sky

blue-skySome films stand the test of time and others are better left to our memories. Such is the case (latter) with Blue Sky starring Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones which read mostly hokey, over the top and dated. Tony Richardson’s final film was released posthumously in 1994 and won Jessica Lange an Oscar for Best Actress. Blue Sky was filmed in 1991, but due to Orion Pictures going bankrupt, it didn’t get released for another three years. I remember loving this film the first time I saw it. Watching it again in 2017, the film seems awkward, particularly its depiction of Lange’s character, a manic-depressive army wife who fancies herself a version of Marilyn Monroe. It’s difficult writing this review because I adore Lange. Unfortunately Blue Sky does not stand the test of time. The characters aren’t fleshed out enough. The story tends to the obvious with too broad of a brush stroke. 2.5 out of 5 for Blue Sky.


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