Shadowlands (1993)

“Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I’ve been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.” – Jack

Number of Times Seen – Twice (23 Feb 2006 and 3 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of how famed author CS Lewis befriended a young American poet years after he finished writing his popular series which injected new enjoyment and passion into his life.

My Take on it – This is a very underrated film that is spearheaded by two amazing performances by the leads played by Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

The two of them have amazing chemistry together and we can easily believe how their friendship expands over the course of the film.

Winger was deservingly nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for this role.

This film does a wonderful job showing how one’s way of life can quickly be changed just by small decision one makes along the way.

They depict University Professors lives during the 50’s as being quite secluded and Lewis’ exposure to this woman so different from him quickly injects so much joy and passion into his normal kind of life.

The dialogue is superb and helps keep things interesting the whole way through.

This is quite a touching and moving film that works so well in showing us about the importance of things in life.

Bottom Line – Hopkins and Winger are both superb here and make us believe the friendship between the two of their characters because they have such great chemistry together. Shows how life can be completely changed by small decisions made along the way in life.  The way that the life of University Professors are depicted shows how Lewis’ life could be so vastly changed when he meets a woman who can alter his own perspective on life.  Very moving and touching film. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Anthony Hopkins prefers to memorize lines on his own, while Debra Winger prefers extensive on-set rehearsals. To accommodate Winger, Sir Richard Attenborough would rehearse with her, reading Hopkins’ lines. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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