Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jun 2014)
Brief Synopsis – During the US Civil War, a young Southern deserter journeys back home to his betrothed while she must deal with problems on the Homefront.
My Take on it – This is another movie that I avoided for so many years because it just seemed to be another rehash of an award winning historical butchered by Hollywood.
Unfortunately, I was pretty close on this one.
This wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but certain aspects of teh movie probably worked much better on paper and just seemed to feel drawn out on screen.
The cast is definitely A-list with Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland all performing extremely well. Zellweger even won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role (which was deserving, but is more probably a belated award for her role in Chicago (2002) the previous year).
I also had a bit of trouble with teh romantic pairing of Kidman and Law since they just don’t seem right together.
The production was doen extremely well and successfully transported the viewer back to the days of The Civil War.
This movie was adapted and directed by Anthony Minghella who also adapted and directed The English Patient (1997) which was a much more successful adaptation from paper to screen.
This movie unfortunately just wasn’t as good as it potentially could have been.
Bottom Line -A bit drawn out and I had trouble believing the matching up of Law and Kidman, but other than that it does an adequate job of transporting us to The South during the waning days of The Civil War. Not nearly as good as Minghella’s The English Patient (1996). Zellwenger was definitely deserving of an Oscar for her role.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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