Monday, May 11, 2015

Woman in Gold

"Woman in Gold"(CCK: 7.3/10, RMM: 7.6/10; IMDB: 7.6; Rotten Tomatoes: 53%)

Premise:  True story of Maria Altman's fight to have ownership of Klimt artworks stolen from her family by the Nazis returned to her by the Austrian government.

CCK Review:  Amazing story that has too many interesting elements resulting in only brief sketches of some of the characters and plot points.  Helen Mirren as Maria Altman is predictably watchable and wonderful, while Ryan Reynolds seems out of his depths here as the lawyer, Randol Schoenberg (who saw the case through to its succesful completion.)  The actors who play Maria Altman's family in flashbacks are so good you long to see more of them and find out more of the story behind the "Woman in Gold" herself, Adele Bloch-Bauer.  Made me cry at least twice.

Painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt.  Adele Bloch-Bauer was the aunt of Maria Altman.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, marvelous, CCK! These are one of the few things I've missed since breaking away from the FB. This movie actually sounds like one I'd like, but I enjoy reading your take on the ones I don't want to see, too.