Tom & Viv (1994)


“Oh darling, you’re going to have to learn to make an absolute arse of yourself.  We’re going to get married, be broke, we may even starve, it’ll be absolute Hell.  But it will be worth it because we have this love.” – Viv

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The tale of the passionate and tumultuous relationship between author T.S. Elliott and his wife Vivian.

My Take on it – This is yet another period drama that I have avoided watching for years since I never had any desire to see what it was all about.

I recently came across this movie during my quest to watch all films with Oscar nominated performances and decided to take the plunge and see if its any good.

Unfortunately, this film bored me from the very start and it was extremely difficult to get into.

Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson are both very talented actors yet they fail to make these characters interesting in any way for us to care or even want to see what happens to them.

They are both truly wasted in this film since it moves along very slowly and is quite boring throughout.

The story isn’t presented in an interesting fashion which also hurts things a lot.

The supporting cast isn’t much help either since they too feel wasted because none of them manage to help make us care about this story.

Rosemary Harris was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film.

Bottom Line – Another really boring period drama that I had trouble getting into. Dafoe and Richardson are both excellent actors yet they feel wasted in this really boring and slow moving film. They fail to present things in an interesting way which hurts things so much. The supporting cast is likewise wasted here since none of them manage to help make things more interesting to watch unfold. Harris received an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress for her work here but didn’t win.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Eliot accepted a scholarship to study at Merton College, Oxford University in 1914 rather than study at Marburg, Germany when war broke out. Eliot was an American citizen living in England and never served in the military. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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2 thoughts on “Tom & Viv (1994)

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