Cold Mountain

2003

Drama / Romance

27
IMDb Rating 7.2

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Reviewed by Owen Schaefer 8/10

'War movie' is a Hollywood genre that has been done and redone so manytimes that clich&eacute;d dialogue, rehashed plot and over-the-top actionsequences seem unavoidable for any conflict dealing with large-scalecombat. Once in a while, however, a war movie comes along that goesagainst the grain and brings a truly original and compelling story tolife on the silver screen. The Civil War-era &quot;Cold Mountain,&quot; starringJude Law, Nicole Kidman and Ren&eacute;e Zellweger is such a film.<br><br>Then again, calling Cold Mountain&quot; a war movie is not entirelyaccurate. True enough, the film opens with a (quite literally)quick-and-dirty battle sequence that puts &quot;Glory&quot; director Edward Zwickshame. However, &quot;Cold Mountain&quot; is not so much about the Civil Waritself as it is about the period and the people of the times. The storycenters around disgruntled Confederate soldier Inman, played by JudeLaw, who becomes disgusted with the gruesome war and homesick for thebeautiful hamlet of Cold Mountain, North Carolina and the equallybeautiful southern belle he left behind, Ada Monroe, played by NicoleKidman. At first glance, this setup appears formulaic as the romanticinterest back home gives the audience enough sympathy to root for thereluctant soldier's tribulations on the battlefield. Indeed, theearlier segments of the film are relatively unimpressive and evensomewhat contrived.<br><br>&quot;Cold Mountain&quot; soon takes a drastic turn, though, as the intrepid heroInman turns out to be a deserter (incidentally saving the audience fromthe potentially confusing scenario of wanting to root for theConfederates) and begins a long odyssey homeward. Meanwhile, back atthe farm, Ada's cultured ways prove of little use in the fields; soonshe is transformed into something of a wilderbeast. Coming to Ada'srescue is the course, tough-as-nails Ruby Thewes, played by Ren&eacute;eZellweger, who helps Ada put the farm back together and, perhaps moreimportantly, cope with the loneliness and isolation the war seems tohave brought upon Ada.<br><br>Within these two settings, a vivid, compelling and, at times, verydisturbing portrait of the war-torn South unfolds. The characters withwhom Inman and Ada interact are surprisingly complex, enhanced bywonderful performances of Brendan Gleeson as Ruby's deadbeat father,Ray Winstone as an unrepentant southern &quot;lawman,&quot; and Natalie Portmanas a deeply troubled and isolated young mother. All have been greatlyaffected and changed by &quot;the war of Northern aggression,&quot; mostly forthe worse. The dark, pervading anti-war message, accented by aneffective, haunting score and chillingly beautiful shots of Virginiaand North Carolina, is communicated to the audience not so much bygruesome battle scenes as by the scarred land and traumatized peoplefor which the war was fought. Though the weapons and tactics of waritself have changed much in the past century, it's hellish effect onthe land is timelessly relevant.<br><br>Director Anthony Minghella manages to maintain this gloomy mood formost of the film, but the atmosphere is unfortunately denigrated by arather tepid climax that does little justice to the wonderfully formedcharacters. The love story between Inman and Ada is awkwardly tackedonto the beginning and end of the film, though the inherently distant,abstracted and even absurd nature of their relationship in a way fitsthe dismal nature of the rest of the plot.<br><br>Make no mistake, &quot;Cold Mountain&quot; has neither the traits of a feel-goodromance nor an inspiring war drama. It is a unique vision of an erathat is sure not only to entertain but also to truly absorb theaudience into the lives of a people torn apart by a war and entirelydesperate to be rid of its terrible repercussions altogether.

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Reviewed by songbird2882 10/10

This movie moved me more than I was expecting, and I was fully preparedto cry. The acting mainly carried this film, with superb performancesfrom Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger, as well as thesupporting cast. These actors portrayed characters so intensely humanthat they lingered the remainder of the night with me, and I hadtrouble shaking this war drama. The costumes and cinematography werealso magical, but didn't get carried away with themselves. They didn'ttake focus, but added to the whole effect. Cold Mountain could neverbecome my favorite movie, as that title will always belong to TheEnglish Patient, but it's in the top five. The story itself was welldeveloped, and stayed fairly unpredictable. I did not find myselfguessing what line came next. A heart-wrenching story about humanityand war. In fact, this movie was so strongly real that it was barelynoticeable it took place in the 19th century. It seemed to apply to alltimes.

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Reviewed by Poseidon-3

There are a couple of things wrong with this episodic, rather sweepingfilm, but not enough to destroy it. Fortunately, the good outweighs thebad enough to make it worthwhile viewing. Law plays a shy, butthoughtful young man in Cold Mountain, NC. When the local minister'sdaughter (Kidman) moves to town, he is immediately taken with her andthey share a few very brief, very stifled moments (including animpromptu kiss) before he leaves to fight in the Civil War. (An openingbattle scene is so intense that the impact of it literally tears theclothes off one participant!) As they each experience great change,disappointment and destruction, it is their longing for each other thatkeeps them going. He can't wait to get back to her and she can't waitfor him to come back. As Law treks across the southeastern coast, hecomes upon a wide variety of opponents and allies. These are all playedwith great skill by a terrific gallery of solid, semi-name actors(Hoffman, Ribisi, Portman, Atkins, etc......) Meanwhile, Kidman facesthe end of her gentle existence and almost existence itself until ascrappy, brassy local girl steps in to rescue her. Zellweger plays thisfeisty, mouthy girl, using every ounce of her acting prowess. The pairmust fend off an opportunistic home guardsman played by a slimyWinstone. The film lurches forward with the all-important reunionmoment dangling in front of the viewers like a carrot on a stick. It issolely due to the acting talent and intense chemistry of the stars andnot the sketchy, spotty script that this moment carries any dramaticweight at all. Somehow, Law and Kidman manage the impossible, which isto create a romance and desire for one another that is never properlydeveloped on the screen. They are forced to create everything throughtheir expressions and body language and do just that. As good as theyare, they are almost completely overtaken by the surprisingly wondrousand intriguing work of Zellweger. Her welcome dash of vinegar andbluntness is a perfect counterpoint for the dewy and sensitive lovers.Also, of particular note is another surprise - the downright strikingjob that Portman does as a lonely widow and mother. She outdoes herselfin this brief role. As a matter of fact, nearly every performance inthe film is excellent. The one exception is the horribly anachronisticand inexplicable presence of the peroxide blonde henchman to Winstone.His punk-rock, eyelinered look and shopping-mall line delivery removethe viewer from the already tenuous time period whenever he's onscreen. (And is it ever stated why someone his age isn't IN the war??)That's one other problem. There is very little period feel to thisfilm. It always seems like the actors are playing with clothes theyfound at Western Costume with their make up done by Ben Nye. Kidman'shair, while lovely, is absolutely ridiculous. It distracts from anddetracts from scenes very often. Ditto her make up. One key scene nearthe end is a close up and her heavy mascara and shadow grey/purpleeyeshadow (masterfully applied by those Hollywood wizards) turn whatshould have been an agonizing emotional moment into &quot;Barbie Does theCivil War&quot;. Zellweger does better in the make-up department, though herchemically-whitened teeth do not go very far in suggesting hercharacter's background. Her deliberately tousled hair is also a problemat times, but nowhere near the level of Kidman's. These are quibbles inlight of the bigger problem which is an overriding predictability. Evento one who has never read the book, there is no doubt as to the endingof the film. There is very little room for surprise and what there isof that is telegraphed again and again. So the audience is leftwatching a 2-1/2 hour film with a foregone conclusion. (And thissometimes meandering work was originally FIVE hours long!) The amountof footage left on the cutting room floor makes for some uncomfortablecontinuity (such as when a character is tortured and watches 3 familymembers slaughtered and is next seen smilingly dancing a Christmasjig!) Nevertheless, the romance and beauty of the film still deliversand there is no doubt that Kidman is a MOVIE STAR. She glows andglistens and has every accommodation made to her. Even her old ridingcoat looks runway perfect. Law is achingly beautiful in the earlyscenes, but delivers a sincere, dedicated performance in spite of hisphysical features (which are all but buried as it wears on.)

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