Number of Times Seen – 3-5 (video in the 90’s and Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – At the end of the 19th Century two Irish immigrants to America try to find a way to fulfill their dreams of owning land.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I probably havent seen in nearly two decades and was curious if it was as good as I had recalled.
Unfortunately it’s not because the acting and the story are just too wooden to be taken seriously.
The main thing that director Ron Howard did get right tho is the epic feeling of the whole film.
The cinematography is amazing and there are some great shots of rolling landscapes of the 19th Century America.
The casting of Husband and Wife Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was a mistake because despite seemingly having chemistry off screen at that time, on screen is a completely different story; they were so unbelievable together that I actually wanted them to start not liking each other because it seemed as if that is what they truly wanted.
The score by John Williams also helps give this mediocre story a real epic feel to it.
Check out the music here:
Another thing they get right here is the massive land rush scene which is shot so beautifully that it may even be worth watching this film just for that amazing scene.
This film has some great supporting roles.
Bottom Line – Not as good of a story as I had recalled despite amazing cinematography. Cruise and Kidman despite being married at the time have so little chemistry together onscreen that it makes you wonder how they managed off screen. The land rush scene is amazingly shot and for that alone this is worth watching at least once eventhough one needs to sit thru the rest of the movie to get there. Excellent score by Williams!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Ron Howard wasn’t happy with Nicole Kidman’s facial reaction during the shooting of the scene where her character lifts the bowl covering Joseph’s (her husband Tom Cruise’s) crotch. Without telling Kidman, he asked Cruise to remove his underwear. Howard got the reaction he wanted, and it appears in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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