Film review: Hellen Mirren’s clever opening doesn’t save ‘Woman in Gold’
April 3, 2015 - accent chair
At best, “Woman in Gold” is a common film, competently crafted though painfully undramatic. Aside from braggadocio Helen Mirren, who carries “Woman in Gold” on her means shoulders, it is zero some-more than your normal feel-good flick. Mirren does her best with a shoal book and executive Simon Curtis’ (“My Week with Marilyn”) bad execution.
The film focuses on a loyal story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), an aged Jewish lady who fled Austria after a Nazi advance and staid in California. Maria wants to start a authorised dispute to recover a portrayal of her aunt, that is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I.”
Maria recruits immature and fresh counsel Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to assistance her retrieve a portrait, one of hundreds of paintings a Nazis stole, though a mural is an Austrian idol that a nation refuses to give up.
Mirren brings “Woman in Gold” much-needed energy, adopting a Viennese accent and delivering her comedic lines with sharp-witted wit. Reynolds hardly binds his possess opposite Mirren on shade and doesn’t arrangement many romantic abyss over one great scene. He doesn’t give any noted moments, mostly vanishing into a credentials while other characters take a spotlight.
Curtis and screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell overly facilitate a emanate of who justly owns a portrait. Instead of examining both sides of a conflict, they they array a moral Maria and Randy opposite a mustache-twirling, mean Austrians and their conceited establishment. This naive essay does not fit an adult-oriented drama.
The rude measure by Martin Phipps and Hans Zimmer tries to make a assembly feel what Curtis’ instruction fails to communicate. Whenever a stage attempts to communicate sadness, a gloomy piano measure kicks in. The essay never manages to elicit any clever emotions on a own.
The clichéd discourse aims for discerning laughs rather than suggestive impression development. The characters themselves regularly produce a film’s many messages into a heads. Among them are a common “never give up,” “underdogs can win” and “the Nazis did a lot of bad stuff.”
“Woman in Gold” hardly works as entertainment. Surprise, warn — examination lawyers brawl about loopholes in wills gets aged unequivocally fast. The film consistently portrays Maria and Randy as in a right. Its 3 courtroom scenes preference Maria so many that there’s never any doubt she will win behind a portrait. Without a play to lift we in, you’ll peek during your watch some-more times than we can count.
The film’s many effective scenes are a flashbacks to Maria’s early life in Vienna. Her family life crumbles detached as a Nazis gradually take over Austria, and her heart-pounding shun from her home offers is thrilling. Curtis doesn’t etch a dehumanization of a Jews in a demeanour as heartless as Steven Spielberg did in “Schindler’s List,” though he still conveys a tragedy of a event.
While a story of “Woman in Gold” is value telling, Curtis and Campbell don’t do it justice. It feels like a Lifetime film with a large bill that’s improved fit for television. At slightest descending defunct is some-more preferable on your cot than in a museum chair.