Hemingway & Gellhorn [Blu-ray]
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With a close up of Kidman as a now 70-something subject of an interview, the opening scene gives the viewer an idea of the quality that would persist throughout the next 2 ½ hours. I'm reminded of Kidman's ability to become unrecognizable in "The Hours" from 2002. Here as well, as she not only uses a masterful makeup job but the deeper voice and cadence of an older more experienced woman. Marty Gellhorn was a reporter for "Collier's" magazine, a weekly that competed with "Life" and "Look" in days past. After meeting Hemingway in a sweaty bar in Key West, she becomes interested in a civil war in Spain which would eventually lead up to WW II.
While Hemingway goes there as well, he goes in luxury as the famed writer that he was. Gellhorn, hitches rides where she can, including inside an army tank. Directed by Phillip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff"), the film mixes in scenes in beautiful living color along with regular changes that drift throughout the artist pallet. This includes grainy black and white to match real news footage of the late 1930's. That trick was a little off-putting at first but becomes very effective as the film progresses.
While I'm a big fan of Clive Owen, I wasn't taken with him as Hemingway. While it seems clear, Hemingway was loud and boisterous and loved women, booze and a good time, Owen just seemed over the top at times. Kidman was perfect. From the aging newswoman to the long-legged blond in tight pants, she gets your attention. The movie is longer than it needs to be, but is none-the-less and effective portrayal of Ernest Hemingway and the lesser known Martha Gellhorn.
Hemingway, of course, is always a larger-than-life figure. The film is told in a series of flashbacks as an elderly Gellhorn (Kidman) recounts her life with the great man. Their primary story begins in Key West in 1936 and wraps up with Hemingway's suicide in 1961. In between, though, is the meat of the relationship as the couple fall in love in war torn Spain, vacation in politically volatile China, separate for different assignments, and eventually attempt to cohabitate in domestic bliss.Read more ›
The opening bloody scene with the Marlin is extremely evocative in summarizing Hemingway's philosophical view that brutality is, in a sense, at the center of life and that "all things must die".It clearly underlines the "existential" perspective that pervades Hemingway's writing, and his own violent and self-abusive struggle with life. However, what I found most remarkable is the semi-documentary style of the movie, with the grainy original footage, sometimes including digitized insets of Kidman and Clive. The gorgeous sets, the great supporting actors, the good, if not great, acting by the key characters, and a fabulous story of adventure and humanitarian horror, all project an engaging and eventful film well worth watching. I think it is a far better film than the academy award winning "Reds" by Warren Beatty (1981), similar in general plot and character. Overall, a very thought provoking and powerful experience.
There are two sides to every story and the truth lies in the middle!
This is a delicious trip for every man who has adored a woman he couldn't control. This is a vivid recollection for every woman who has given her heart to a self-centered,bastard who stole her heart.
The dialogue is great,the simpatico between the two leads will have you grinning as you recall that great "love of your life"!Long after the film has ended and the spanish guitar resonates in your soul, you will remember that special someone who lit up your life and your sheets and, for some, feel once again the nostalgia and choking remorse for never having been able to make it click!
I can't say enough good things about this film. In my book, it's a keeper. ps. I'm on the list. ENJOY!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of screaming, hokey acting, overorchestrated background music not matching the times, and the actor who plays Hemingway has facial expressions as if it is still the silent... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John J. Falkenstine
I would pay big $$ to watch Clive Owen brush his teeth, muchless play Ernest Hemingway! When this film first came out I thought Clive Owen a strange choice to play Papa. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anna V. Carroll
The acting was just okay. Clive Owen, a favorite of mine, wasn't the right choice, he had to over-act to play the part, especially with the cigar stuff. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary
The Film was particularly depressing as Hemingway portrayed seems to have so much going for him with a beautiful wife and family yet stooped to be involved with an adulteress... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Parkersvineyard
Horrible and inaccurate. The only way to describe this films portrayal of Hemingway. He was by no means a saint... Read morePublished 8 months ago by GeoSan
WAY too many sexual -- graphic scenes for my taste, but the story was great.Published 9 months ago by Edie G. Hutchison