What makes Jennifer Beals so extraordinary as Bette is not just her power. Make no mistake, she is unquestionably in control and oh-my-God is it sexy. But you know what they say about absolute power. No, what makes Jennifer so extraordinary as Bette is when she gives in to the corruption. Strength without weakness is boring. You might as well watch a steel girder. The beauty of Bette is that she is strong, smart, successful and oh-so human. It is in those moments of vulnerability I think I love her the most (excluding the nutty babynapping, of course).
In Bette, Jennifer has found a part that fits her like one of her alter-ego’s impeccably-tailored power suits. She owns the role and the screen every time she appears. Years ago, it would have been easy to dismiss her as “that girl from ‘Flashdance’.” Certainly many in youth-obsessed, women-of-a-certain-age-shunning Hollywood probably did. And what an extraordinary waste that would have been. Jennifer, who celebrated her 44th birthday this week, has finally come full-stride into her power. She is a grown-up and that, my friends, really is hot. Now when she levels her gaze on you, you know she means business. If that doesn’t make you weak in the knees, nothing will. Happy weekend, all.