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I've read a few of the reviews about this, and I have to disagree with nearly every person (sorry). You're not getting the movie really, are you? It's a love story. There are no complicated plots to follow. No twists and turns in the story. Hell, you don't even need to be that smart to watch this movie. And I'm certainly nothing of the sort in that department! Which is probably why I like these movies. You don't need to think much about them, and they're perfectly easy to follow.
There are some great love scenes in this, although there are is no graphic, mind-blowing sex. It's simple of how Agnes & Ernie eventually become a proper couple in the most romantic of places - a brothel. And then they have a "waltz" together, which is so romantic.
But the build up to their relationship can bring a little tear to the eye. (I told you I was a soppy cow) Whether it's Ernie telling Agnes that he loves her the first time he sees her, in a voice that will make me anyway go weak at the knees, or when he tries to comfort her after Jimmy dies. All are totally romantic. And other reviews say that there's no build up to their relationship, it's all over very quickly, but what they're forgetting - this was during a war, no one had time for quickness. Life's too short.
The finale is really sad.Read more ›
The film has a rich, sweeping feel to it. Attenborough does a wonderful job at direction, blending the gorgeous cinematography (from Italian battlefields to Venician waterways) with the loving, at-times heart-wrenching musical score. However, the film is not manipulative, as most recent romance films are. Instead, it is allowed to unfold slowly and naturally, and it has a more honest feel to the characterizations than you find in most mainstream Hollywood films.
On its initial release, one of the main complaints about the film was the unusual casting of Chris O'Donnell as Hemingway and Sandra Bollock as Kurowsky. In actuality, Bollock gives a very commendable performance, and I believe this film shows her best acting to date. In most of her other films, she just plays Sandra Bollock with a different name, but here, she suppresses her usual idiosyncrasies and creates a true character. While I enjoyed a lot of her other films (Speed, While You Were Sleeping), this is really her best and most underrated performance. O'Donnell is somewhat less successful - it is hard to imagine him as a young Hemingway, and he seems like an anachronistic Boy Wonder. His mannerisms don't seem to fit with a 1910s mentality. However, he is not terrible, as some reviewers might have you believe.Read more ›
colorful. Add to that the superb performances on the parts
of Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell and you have a winner. It is therefore no suprise that the film won high honors. I think Sir Richard Attenborough's direction was suberb in every sense of the word. Such an evocotave story with war as a backdrop truly brought forth an emotional tension that is hard to describe. I also thought the supporting actors must have been hand picked because they fitted so easily in to the very fabric of the film. I certainly give this film a roaring "Five Star"
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Great movie but sad ending. It was special. Something I cried over and loved. This movie is close to my heart.Published 24 days ago by Amy Keller
If you like Ernest Hemingway and you like Sandra Bullock, see this movie. Poignant, tragedy. Great story. Great period piece. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Cool
We thoroughly enjoyed this movie! Of course, we are suckers for these World War I and II period pieces. The acting was lovely - believable, enduring and realistic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MamaPaul
Nice movie and story of the world famous novelist . Twist endingPublished 3 months ago by Michael Fiducia
This is one of my favorite movies. I've waited years to see it again. When it first came out In 1996 I saw an interview with Sandra and Chris. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carolyn
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