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COLD MOUNTAIN - Movies by You

Mar. 18th, 2004

01:38 pm - COLD MOUNTAIN

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3.5/4</o:p>

 

R - for violence and sexuality

Starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson
Director(s) Anthony Minghella

 

Overview from movies.go.com:

Cold Mountain is based on the best-selling, National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier. The story focuses on a wounded Civil War soldier, Inman (Jude Law), who gets up from what doctors suspected was his deathbed and begins the long, difficult walk home to Cold Mountain, N.C., so he can be with the woman he loves and left behind three years earlier, Ada (Nicole Kidman). Inman encounters many obstacles along the way. Ada, heartbroken, lonely, and struggling to care for her deceased dad's farm, receives a helping hand in the form of a sassy, hard-working wanderer (Renée Zellweger), who is estranged from her fiddle-playing father (Brendan Gleeson).

 

Personal Critique: This movie is beautiful. While sometimes slow, the beauty of the connections between the people, their ideas on war, the inner torment that they go through… Even my boyfriend enjoyed it and he hates romantic movies! But jokes aside, the movie was truly breathtaking. Many have said that Renee stole the show, but I believe that Jude Law is the real star. So quiet, yet able to portray every thought in his head. The entire cast works together seamlessly to create this movie magic. I think it does an excellent job of portraying the reality of war, its effects on those left behind---and in war---and the feelings of the Southern soldiers: not necessarily that they wanted slavery, but that they were fighting for their homes… and by the time this movie takes place, they were tired to the soul, something that Minghella has been able to get his actors/actresses to bring to the screen in more than words—the underlying expressions, gestures, feelings that can be seen in their eyes. And while some say that the romance between Inman and Ada is ridiculous, once seeing the movie, I believe you can feel the deep connection that brings them together in just their few meetings. And sometimes there are people you just connect with.