An Ideal Husband : 3 of 5
I decided it was time to balance my DVD watching with some live-action, and An Ideal Husband was about as far away from anime as I could get. Originally an Oscar Wilde play, the movie is full of witty conversation and no action (exactly the kind of film dear old Dad would snooze through!). The plot was very clever, full of deception and blackmail, with broad characterizations that were easy to love or hate as appropriate. I really enjoy this kind of English high-society setting, and of course, the way everything is so polite and proper is a great cover for the not-so-nice motives of the nasty characters. The "layering" of the ending seemed a little much to me, though - I guess I don't like to be fooled into a false ending, and this film has about three!