Gloria, you’re always on the run now.
Running after somebody, you gotta get him somehow.
I think you’ve got to slow down, before you start to blow it.
I think you’re headed for a breakdown, so be careful not to show it
-Laura Branigan, Gloria
Julianne Moore stars as the energetic titular character Gloria Bell who seems to have a ton of problems dropped in her life. Still, she finds the will to dance.
The film was a decent movie, but I have to say I did have some issues. First of all, and probably most of all, there really is not a story here. Gloria Bell is more like a series of events that happen to this woman loosely strung together. And when I say loosely, I mean some without any transition at all. There were some times when switching scenes felt very jarring and took me out of the movie.
Having said that, this film is based on the strength of Julianne Moore’s performance and she brings it here. Julianne Moore is absolutely the reason to see this movie as she brings so much energy and heart into this character and you empathize with her at every turn.
Gloria’s relationship with John Turturro was fascinating as well. At first, you think that this guy is the perfect fir for the free-spirited Gloria, but as the film goes on, his warts begin to show. I was rooting for them right up until the final end.
The music was great. Seeing Gloria singing these sappy love songs as she drives her car was a funny way to move between scenes. Music obviously plays a big role in her life and the soundtrack is filled with some epic disco and pop music.
Brad Garrett makes a funny appearance as Gloria’s ex-husband, but his part is fairly small. He is strong though for each time he is on screen.
In the end, this was an enjoyable film mainly because of Julianne Moore and her free wheeling performance. I would have liked more story though and to have the events of the film fit together more than just something happening to Gloria.