Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Tale of a family of four sisters who seek love and happiness in the new world that springs up following the U.S. Civil War.
My Take on it – I have never been the biggest fan of movies like this one and have avoided watching it ever since it came out 25 years ago.
In my quest to watch all films that have been able to garner Oscar nominations for its actors, I decided to finally check this movie out.
The modern look for this film works quite well and the story that is somewhat timeless about the bonds of family is enhanced here by a very talented cast.
The story is told here in a great way that keep the pacing steady while also allowing us to see the slow development of these characters over the course of the movie.
We get to see how they are each affected by the various ups and downs of life that they encounter along the way.
The cast is amazing with Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, Kirsten Dunst, Samantha Morton, Mary Wickes, John Neville and Eric Stoltz all helping to enhance this story.
Ryder was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here as the eldest daughter of the family.
The dialogue is crafted really well that helps us get a clear understanding about the various ambitions and dreams that each of these character have for their futures.
The way that each of the sisters is quite distinctive in their hopes, desires and personalities shines through and allows them each to have their own very different outlook on their lives.
Bottom Line – Enjoyable retelling of this famous story that is enhanced by the superbly talented cast. The story moves along at a great pace and allows us to see these characters develop along the way into characters that can be cared about through the ups and downs of life. Ryder was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The dialogue is crafted really well and allows for us to get a clear understanding about the ambitions and dreams of each of these very distinct sisters as they all seek out different things in life and have strong hopes of achieving all that they desire. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to two persons, one of whom is Polly Klaas, the 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Petaluma, California, home in 1993 and later found murdered. Winona Ryder, much of whose youth was spent in Petaluma, joined in the highly publicized search effort and made a number of emotional appeals for the child’s safe return. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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