Saturday, April 18, 2015

Woman in Gold

The critical summary over at Rottentomatoes was not good, with a rating of only 54%.  Audiences were much kinder, with an 88% approval nod, which is a good sign.  Helen Mirren was starring, and I've long adored her.  So after consideration and with a bit of trepidation, I went.

I'm so very glad I did.

Ignore the critics.  This film is anything but dull.  I found it engrossing from start to finish.  Based on a true story, the plot follows a predictable path, as an older woman enlists a young attorney to fight the Austrian government to regain a Klimt painting of her aunt.  Even if you don't know the story, you can guess where the plot is going, but that doesn't matter; the ride is good enough to be worth taking.

The acting is generally excellent.  Mirren is as wonderful to watch as always.  Co-star Ryan Reynolds managed to suppress his natural smirk almost all of the time and actually turned in a nuanced and interesting performance.  Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany was perfect as the young Mirren.

If you're seeking the next big summer action flick, Woman in Gold is obviously not the right choice.  If, though, you'd like a good movie, one that will grab you and shake you and keep you absorbed, do not miss this one.


Rosanne said...

Thanks for the review. I have been wondering about this movie.

You are really fortunate to be able to go to so many movies!

Mark said...

You're most welcome. Yes, I am.


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