CST by staff Hi, everyone. Through something of a fluke, I ended up with two chances to see this film for free on consecutive days. However, the Civil War is starting, and Inman must go to battle, despite only sharing a long, tender makeout session with Ada. It is then when things go to hell for both parties, with many casualties on both sides. The story is told in a non-linear fashion, with many flashbacks early on in which we see Inman and Ada falling for each other, but the movie begins on the battlefield, and boy does this first battle rock.
Ada waits for Inman to come back, managing her dilapidated farm, first with her father, and then with Ruby Thewes Renee Zellweger , a hot to trot fixer-upper. Zellweger will probably receive a lot of attention, because her role is very showy, rambunctious and such, and provides much of the comic relief. The cinematography is aided by a wonderfully luscious score by Gabriel Yared peppered with some folk songs from T-Bone Burnett and Jack White that really add authenticity to the proceedings.
Well, I beg to differ. While it is a very romantic tale that will attract many females, for the guys, I gotta say, Jude Law kicks mega ass in this. This is the one movie to go to if ROTK sells out. I am fabfunk, and I have spoken.
Maybe dolphin here likes it wet, though You may call me dolphin I just saw an advance screening of Cold Mountain here at the University of Maryland. I must first admit that Cold Mountain isn't in the genre of film that I am most inclined to watch. You're more likely to find me watching a John Woo or Tony Scott flick. With that said, I am proudly endorsing this film to all who want to see great acting and wonderful storytelling.
I can't believe it's taken this long for them to work together Inman catches the eye of Ada and before you know he's Yes, that's right the war reaches North Carolina where Cold Mountain is located and Inman sets off to join the Confederacy.
He performs heroically but gets injured during a special operation. His love for Ada, who he barely knows it's Nicole Kidman so I understand leads to his desertion, a deed punishable by death.
Their brief tryst affects Ada just as strongly as she writes over a letters to Inman, only a few actually get to him. Most of the film cuts back in forth between Inman on his journey through the countryside to North Carolina and Ada coping with an estate that is literally crumbling before her eyes. When her father dies she is left to fend on her own.
She almost starves to death trying to survive as she was too upper crust to learn how to take care of herself. The best part of the film is when he returns home. Remember, they barely knew each other and are even more unaware that their feelings for each other are in fact mutual. He also is unsure, he loves her but does she love him the same way? That was my favorite part of the film. Also, appearing in the film is the seem! He provides some comic relief which is welcome as the film tended to drag a bit.
Renee Zellweger's character should have been cut drastically. Maybe it's just me but that pout is very annoying. I must admit that she grew on me towards the end of the film but her interpretation of her character was grating. Perhaps for Jude Law's character, maybe Kidman's.
Best Movie or Director? A nomination yes but it's not a slam dunk. It's a good date movie and while I do recommend Cold Mountain don't expect a film worthy of the Oscar buzz surrounding it. Who else has something to add? As they say on the radio "Long-time listener, first-time caller. I saw the film last night at a screening in Beverly Hills and, without being too much of a killjoy, it's simply another one of those Oscar-baiting wannabe epics that Miramax seem to specialize in these days.
But in reality it's flatulent, self-important, good-looking nonsense. Well, it barely counts as a fling, as they only kiss once and say a couple of words to each other. But it's meant to be enough for both Jude and Nicole to spend the next four years enduring contant Civil War hardship in the hope of being reunited. At a certain point, after getting bored with fighting and being left for dead about a dozen times, Jude decides he's had enough and decides to start walking home, back to Nicole.
This is a long - very long - walk indeed, and about a quarter of the film's immense running time must consist of Jude stumbling through the countryside, looking at everything with his haunted, intense, beautiful eyes.
Now, don't get me wrong, I really like Jude Law. He's meant to be a soft-spoken, decent man ravaged by the hells of war, but he seems more like a really good-looking actor shuffling around purposelessly, beseeching his director to spend more time guiding his performance rather than lighting his face. It actually makes perfect sense that Tom Cruise was meant to be play this role at one time: The film soon settles down into a predictable pattern: Neither strand of the story is particularly interesting.
At least some of Jude's adventures are more engrossing than others. There is one scene with Natalie Portman that actually fulfills the epic intentions of the film. I don't want to give it away, but it's the only instance in the entire move where an actor in this case, Portman is able to suggest that one of these stock characters might actually have some hidden depths.
Somebody please give this girl a proper lead role that can finally show off her immense talents. And, no, nothing associated with George Satan Lucas counts. Anyway, Jude's long - very long - journey continues, and he runs into a veritable Who's Who of Hollywood along the way: Eventually, he makes it home and just happens to run conveniently into Nicole on a snow-covered hill. Nicole is rather pleased to see him. Not only because she's been waiting for some action for a long — very long - time, but also because she's had to spend the majority of her waking moments with Renee Zelweger, whose facial tics and loud slurred speech add up to the most annoying performance of the year in other words, warm up those Best Supporting Actress statues.
I'm so glad there was so much of it but of course she also teaches Nicole to be strong, and keep hope alive, and all that kind of Oscar-worthy stuff. They also both get to hang out with lots of semi-famous Hollywood faces Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone, Charlie Hunnam, Kathy Bates, Brendan Gleeson and, er, Jack White, who seems to have been inserted by Minghella to sing some totally beautiful old folk songs and add a tiny bit of authenticity to this faux-epic trash.
So Jude and Nicole reunite but of course it all ends in a big tragedy and lots of tears and renewed hope. Wow, I'm boring myself writing this. I mean, I actually stayed in the theater through the long - very long - running time. There are some effective scenes, especially the violent ones involving a focused, evil Winstone and a creepy albino Hunnam.
But there's such a stench of bloated self-importance running through this movie that I have to protest in the humble form of this review. This movie got my goat. The constant voiceover expressing Hallmark-esque sentiment. The shallow characterizations, which either tend to be flat Jude or way overplayed Renee. The beautiful people pretending to be gritty because they have a bit of dirt under their fingernails although there is a hot, tender sex scene between Jude and Nicole which, in one quick shot, may have revealed a little more of Mrs.
Worst of all is the way that Minghella seems to love showing off each one of his celebrity cameos, by constantly introducing them with their backs to the camera, letting them begin speaking and then - ta da!
I mean, why not cast the film with lesser-known actors? It's certainly cheaper, it would give jobs to talented, out-of-work thesps we don't need YET another Phillip Seymour Hoffman 'scene-stealing' cameo and it would have lessened the distraction of seeing famous people pop in every scene and then promptly disappear.
In other words, this movie sucks. Most people will love it. They'll think it's a glorious return to old-fashioned epic moviemaking. Your mom will probably cry at some point. And, damn, Nicole and Jude are hot. But their beauty is not the only thing in this film that's skin deep. Like check this out Hey Harry, I sent in a few reviews a couple of years ago, but haven't been compelled as of late - that is until now.
I know that you have posted quite a few reviews of Cold Mountain already - but I don't think that any of them has yet done justice to with breaktaking film. Maybe my perspective is different cause I'm a girl, or maybe these people just weren't paying attention - cause what I say is a film that will easily compete with Return of the King as the greatest film of I think the key to what makes this film work is the imtimacy of this story set with a large background, as opposed to a love story overwhelmed by the size of the film.
As the other reviews have noted, early on we see flashbacks to before the war and literally see every moment Ada Nicole Kidman and Inman Jude Law spend together. Neither of the characters are big talkers which makes this time so much more then it actually is. You can see a bond forming. He leaves for the war with the idea that he will come back in a month, and then they will really get to know eachother. So as months turn into years the anticipation builds and both characters yearning for the end of the war is conected with the idea of retrieving that one kiss.
Ada and Inman know that it's ridiculous to pine over someone they know so little, but it's all that they have. Anyway, that rant is over. The war has gone on for three years and Inman has managed to survive. He's clearly disillusioned with the war when he gets shot in the neck. In the hospital recovering, a nurse reads him a year old letter from Ada that says to stop what he's doing and come back to her. Since he is currently laying on a bed he stops doing that and escapes out the window.
This is a very risky move as the South has now pretty much lost the war and they seem more concerned with shooting deserters. So Inman's hero's journey begins.