I had the pleasure of watching Woman In Gold tonight. It stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. In quick summary, a woman that fled Austria during the second world war wants to get back a Gustav Klimt painting from an Austrian art museum that belongs to her family and is actually of her aunt. The movie goes between Austria, Los Angeles, and throwback shots of war time. The movie ends on a black screen with some words like most “based on real life” movies do.
I tend to write off-the-cuff, flippant reviews because it’s in my nature but this might be a little different. The throwback scenes of war time were excruciating to watch. Knowing that there was a time were such persecution and hatred was a regular occurrence really hits me hard. It does every time it’s depicted in a serious fashion. For some reason, seeing Indiana Jones kick Nazi ass is still entertaining but this movie just really hits hard.
The modern-day aspect of the film was okay. It wasn’t great, just okay. Ryan Reynolds did a good job as did Helen Mirren. I just didn’t feel as connected to their emotional experience as the throwback experience. It was moving, suffice it to say. A perk of the modern-day aspect was the appearance of Daniel Brühl. He’s great. I’m very excited to see him in Captain America: Civil War. On a side note, I felt it was a really weird casting with Ryan Reynolds’ onscreen wife. I didn’t know Katie Holmes was still in Hollywood. I figured the Scientology mafia would have done away with her. Weird.
Woman In Gold was a good film. The throwback scenes were very emotional and absolutely superbly played out. The modern story about chasing a painting wasn’t riveting but the journey to get there was great. SPOILER ALERT: She sells the painting in the end for 135 million dollars.