January 29, 2004
Cold Mountain

Based on a novel that Renee Zelwegger apparently loved so much she was willing to sweep the sets to be involved in the film, Cold Mountain is about southerners in the Civil War, mostly as the war is going south (no pun intended). Nicole Kidman and Jude Law fall in love before he leaves to fight. Her letters and picture are what keep him going. When he's wounded but forced to stay in the hospital until he's well enough to send back to fight even though it seems clear the South has lost, he escapes and starts making his way back to Nicole. Meanwhile Nicole is struggling to stay alive with no money and no survival skills, with the help of Renee who helps her in exchange for being her partner.

This is a beautiful film. The scenery is lovely, the actors are attractive (mmm, Jude Law), and the music is good. The story is pretty good as well, as is the acting. But as good as it is, it's not stunning. I'm not sure why. It has all the elements. But I did like it. I didn't feel gypped paying full price at the theater. Great, gritty Civil War battle scene at the beginning.

Posted by Alyssa at January 29, 2004 08:05 PM
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