The Mystery of Natalie Wood, I’ve always been interested in Natalie Wood, but didn’t know much about her except that she was a very glamorous Hollywood star and that she died tragically. This great film showcases Natalie’s life, which came across just as tragic as her saddening death.
“The Mystery of Natalie Wood” is a long film and it is at times very hard to watch. As the film is set across her entire life, there is lots of time changes, which are established with a little caption, or a voice over from Lana Wood or someone else who are giving some insight into certain events in the film.
The cast are terrific. Justine Waddell seems like she was born to play the part of Natalie Wood. She does it with so much grace. Michael Weatherly and Matthew Settle are both a pleasure to watch in their respective roles as Robert Wagner and Warren Beatty, each helping to carry the film alongside Justine Waddell. Colin Friels is good as Natalie Wood’s long suffering father, while Nathalie Roy didn’t get enough screen playing Lana Wood, but when she was on screen, she was fabulous. It is Alice Krige, as Maria Gurdin, Natalie’s dominant and overbearing mother, who portrays so well why Natalie’s life was so tragic. Alice Krige is in top form here. Grace Fulton is of particular note as the young Natalie Wood also, and watch out for Australian celebrities Sophie Monk and Natalie Bassingwaighte as Marilyn Munroe and Marion Murchall.
This is really one of those films that you have to be in the mood to watch, have the time to watch, and be prepared to learn a lot about one of Hollywood’s most iconic women. You may like to bring some tissues also – it’s tremendously sad, and not only for Natalie Wood, but for those also who were part of her life.