Thoughts About The Movie- Frida

I borrowed a copy of Frida, from L- one of her favorite movies of all time. I remember seeing it when it was released in theaters, back in 2002, and not being terribly impressed by it, but my girlfriend had never seen the movie before, so we decided to watch it. I thought this time around, I might have a different opinion.

The movie is about Frida Kahlo, an artist from Mexico who has become quite popular since her death in 1954. Though I liked the movie more the second time around, I was still troubled by something that I felt was missing the first time I saw the film. It seems to me, that in typical Hollywood fashion, the movie focuses mainly on Frida and her turbulent relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera. The movie is essentially a love story. Though it certainly addresses all the hardships and challenges Frida so brilliantly overcame in her life, making her the amazing woman she was, I don't believe the movie fully explores what eventually made her such a popular artist.

It is no surprise that Hollywood went for a script that would ultimately make them the most money, but the oversight seems strange to me because the movie is obviously a labor of love for everyone involved in it. The admiration and glorifiation of Frida were very apparent to me, both times I watched the film. The problem, then, is the movie fails to paint a complete picture of a woman who was so unique, passionate and strong, but known to most because she was an artist- so why wasn't there more of an attempt to interpret the phenomenon that has been growing since the 1980's? The answer of course is obvious, but the question is- do you agree? I look forward to reading comments.

-J