The Bridges of Madison County (1995)


“The old dreams were good dreams; they didn’t work out, but glad I had them.” – Robert

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After their mother’s death, two grown up children find a journal describing a four day affair that she had with a photographer passing through their rural town.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have heard so much about over the years yet nevere really had the chance to see what it was all about.

My wife was keen to watch it, so we decided to check it out.

This was a long and boring film that takes so long to get to its point.

Despite the fact that both Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep are amazing actors, they have no chemistry together and it’s nearly impossible to believe that a romance could actually occur between these two people.

The story itself meanders along for most of the runtime, and thankfully, they return to the “present” numerous times to give us a breather before returning to the tale of the past.

Things get so boring that I found my mind wandering too much as I tried to watch things (not) move along.

I’ve never read the novel this is based on, but I’m sure that this story is told much more easily and enjoyable in print because that would allow us to understand the thought processes of the characters more and help us get a better understanding of their motivations along the way.

What’s so painful about this film is the fact that the message that they are trying to convey is a great one, but one must get through over two hours of excruciating boredom before discovering what that is.

Bottom Line – Really boring film despite the fact that two great actors play the main roles. There is no chemistry between the characters and it’s really hard to believe their “fling”. The story meanders along at an excruciating pace and it’s hard to not have your mind wander as things (don’t) move along. This is probably so much better on paper than on the screen because in that medium its easier to understand the character’s motivations more clearly.  This story actually has a great message but unfortunately getting to that point isn’t an easy task.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the fight scene, Robert cries a little bit and turns his back to the camera, so we don’t see him. When shooting the scene, Meryl Streep asked Clint Eastwood why he was filming it like that, if by doing so he was missing the opportunity to shine as an actor. Eastwood replied that the scene worked better without seeing Robert cry directly. Streep was then amazed and have praised the director’s talent for thinking more about the moment than his chance to shine as an actor. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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