Feb 04

Film review – Cold Mountain (2003)

Film review – Cold Mountain (2003)

Cold Mountain

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, James Gammon, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Hunnam, Cillian Murphy, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Ethan Suplee, Jack White, Ray Winstone, Lucas Black, Emily Deschanel, Jena Malone, Melora Walters, Taryn Manning, Jay Tavare

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Review: Film review – Cold Mountain (2003) – Set during the American Civil War this film tells two stories in parallel. Jude Law plays W. P. Inman a quiet man from North Carolina who having fallen in love with Ada (played by Nicole Kidman), the new preacher’s daughter, joins the Confederate Army. After fighting for three years he is badly wounded but survives and with the war nearly over decides to desert and return to his love at Cold Mountain. In the meantime Ada, unable to look after herself and with her father now dead is struggling to survive when Ruby Thewes played by Renee Zellweger shows up. Ruby is incredibly practical and they both set about making the farm work while Ada waits for Inman to return.

There is a rich plot here with plenty to get your teeth into as both stories slowly come together. Its beautifully shot and to top it off Zellweger steals the show with a superb supporting role demonstrating her fantastic ability to transform herself from one character to another. She was given an Academy Award and it was well deserved. Good stuff, well worth watching.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Mountain_%28film%29

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159365/

Amazon: Buy it