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A fantastic look at the later years of CS Lewis and his romantic encounter with a fellow writer and kindred spirit. An intriguing part of history that would be missed if overlooked. Beautifully told through the direction, acting, and cinematography.
Hopkins is always great and he was pretty much the most interesting thing about the movie. He was nominated for The Remains of the Day the same year but I would have found this more worthy for a nomination for him. Debra Winger is good too but overall it's just long and boring and uninteresting
Love stories don't get better than that. Anthony Hopkins and Debra winger are amazing and they make alive the beautiful love story between cs.Lewis and joy Gresham..Richard Attenborough realization is great at capturing and conveying the beauty of this love story and presenting it to us perfectly.Without any exaggerated cheesiness and tricks love story films most of the time relied on. Shadowlands is probably one of the 10 best love story of the 90's.
This film has everything, a very beautiful and moving script by William Nicholson, brilliant direction by Lord Richard Attenborough and absolutely spectacular performances by both Debra Winger and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Loved this movie. It had me in tears. I had to focus on Sir Hopkins, expecting to turn into Hannibal Lecter at any moment...but after several minutes, I sort of forgot about Lecter. Debra Winger is awesome in this movie.
This film had so much potential. C. S. Lewis' life and works were and are so rich with wisdom and experience. Ultimately, I'm not only greatly underwhelmed with the plodding pace and drabness of the direction: I'm disappointed and flat-out confused with the decision of Debra Winger to play Joy. Lord knows I'm not a casting director, but I most certainly could have done a better job than this film's. Someone like Sally Field, or even Holly Hunter; Someone with actual, mature acting chops to justifiably compliment Hopkins' incredible performing.
Fabulous! One of those movies that gets under your skin while not being afraid to challenge thoughts and feelings about life, love and death - loved the fact that it featured some of my favourite C S Lewis quotes (and Anthony Hopkins gave a stella performance! As a Christian myself I was deeply touched by this movie and found my faith strengthened - better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? A question we all have to answer for ourselves as did C S Lewis- Nothing not to like - highly recommended :)
Writer CS Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) has his predicatable life interrupted by an unexpected friendship with American writer Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) that blooms into a powerful love. Terrific acting and a memorable examination of the ways grief and sorrow are linked to happiness.