Cold Mountain - 2003 (R)


Year of Release: 2003
Rated: R
Director: Anthony Minghella
Approx. Running Time: 154 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

Nicole Kidman (Academy Award Winner - Best Actress, The Hours, 2002) stars with Academy Award Winner Renee Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain, 2003) and Academy Award nominee Jude Law (Best Actor, Cold Mountain, 2003). At the dawn of the Civil War, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the Confederate army. Ada (Kidman) has vowed to wait for Inman (Law), but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive. At war's end, hearts will be dashed, dreams fulfilled and the strength of the human spirit tested...but not broken! Directed by Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, 1996).

My Comments:

I hate Jude Law, I don't like Nicole Kidman, and I'm not all that fond of Renee Zellweger, but I love this movie. The cinematography is gorgeous, the acting is superb, and the script is both heartfelt and moving and actually quite funny. Most of the humor is courtesy of Renee Zellweger as "Ruby Thewes" but Philip Seymour Hoffman gets a few laughs as well with his constipated "Reverend Veasey." But between the laughs, the film gives a very real depiction of the horrors faced by those left behind, struggling to survive in a country torn apart by war.

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