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Cold Mountain Reviews

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August 22, 2017
Best performances i've ever seen from Jude Law,Nicole AND especially RENEE ZELLWEGER.Well done Renee ! Well deserved Oscar.
April 19, 2017
Go watch this movie for the excellent performances and enjoy it!
Super Reviewer
½ January 29, 2017
Not far into the film there is a scene so incredibly terrifying and mind-blowing, depicting the pointlessness and cruelty of war like only the opening of Saving Private Ryan managed so far. From there, we follow the beginnings of a love story in flash backs while Law is trying to make his way back to Kidman from war. The people he encounters and situations he has to endure are incredibly dire and pessimistic, leaving little space for hope. The film is very beautifully shot and the story is engaging even through some slower parts. Whether you like the ending or not is for each to decide, I suppose.
November 24, 2016
Slow but interesting slice of life film. On Blu-ray.
½ October 25, 2016
confused as to why it wasn't actually filmed in North Carolina but pretty good movie.
July 17, 2016
A movie that isn't the slightest bit "relevant" in terms of necessary viewing, but it's still well-done, looks gorgeous, has a knockout cast (Brendan Gleeson is exceptionally great), and has a love story that surprisingly didn't make me want to vomit.
½ July 1, 2016
Not a sweeping epic but well-directed and powerfully acted.
June 5, 2016
Saw this on 4/6/16
Though overlong, the extremely well shot anti-war romantic film has enough brutal images (of war) and romantic heft packed with a good cast. The scenaries and the cinematography is splendid and it gives the film an epic touch.
½ April 9, 2016
Another period piece that would benefit from a lot of cuts. This was too long. Too boring. It has it's moments, but ultimately mostly falters.
December 13, 2015
Watched it again or 3rd time.... Love it
December 12, 2015
Cold Mountain is a beautiful drama about that gives a backwoods portrayal of the brutality and cruelty that was so abundant during the civil war. The acting is excellent, the characters are very interesting, the story is epic and the battle scenes are thrilling. Nicole Kidman is magnetic, Renee Zellwegger is awesome as her companion, Jude Law makes a great disenchanted soldier and Hoffman gives his role as a dirty preacher a lot of depth.
December 2, 2015
½ November 9, 2015
Decent cast but Rene is the star. Quite a simple plot but easy to view and even if its a long film it never gets overly boring. Enjoyed even if it was pretty standard stuff.
½ September 20, 2015
Taking its cue from other sweeping Civil War epics (Gone with the Wind anyone?) Cold Mountain can't quite muster enough grandeur to be a classic.
August 24, 2015
i thought was a pretty good civil war movie
½ August 6, 2015
Good movie with talented artists who do a pretty good job
August 6, 2015
Come back to me.

In Cold Mountain North Carolina the news of the Civil War starts emerging and it quickly becomes apparent the south will be in the area drafting troops. Inman and Ada are a young couple just getting to know each other but they know they're in love and meant to be. The day of their first kiss will be the last time they see each other before Inman is sent to war. After 4 years of bloodshed and lost brothers, Inman heads home to hopefully marry the love of his life; however, the journey may be more challenging than he anticipates.

"Ain't no man around here better than me, because there ain't no man around here that ain't old or full of mischief."

Anthony Minghella, director of The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mr. Wonderful, Breaking and Entering, and Truly Madly Deeply, delivers Cold Mountain. The storyline for this picture is outstanding and a brilliant epic of life during the civil war. It was very brutal in some ways and a beautiful love story in others ways. The acting is perfect and the cast delivers breathtaking performances and includes Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brendan Gleeson, and Donald Sutherland.

"Was there something special you wished to say to me?"
"Nothing particular comes to mind."

I had not watched this in a long time but always remembered it being a great movie. I recently watched this again off Netflix and still found it so well done. The settings, characters, script, and storyline are all perfectly done. I strongly recommend seeing this picture and it is borderline worth adding to your DVD collection.

"I am going to make him hug me until I grunt."

Grade: A
August 3, 2015
All star cast, very good movie, very moving & inspirational
½ July 23, 2015
121104: Down graded this film half a star. Still love it. Bosies comment about having youth on his side is a classic, a classic mistake. Great music. LeMat pistol featured, cool. All's good in this western world.
½ July 19, 2015
Why a film or any other collaborative artistic project ends up a success or failure (and every degree in between) is a mysterious thing; it is why there is a sense of the magical about something which comes together in a way no one could have planned or expected. Casablanca, for instance, was supposed to be merely another assembly line star vehicle, and turned into the kind of classic that couples watch every year. With an epic, it is a steeper climb, as there are many more collaborative elements that need to come together. When these are successful, in movies like Braveheart, there can be a fearsome, propulsive spirit in the outcome.

Cold Mountain is one of those epics that just doesn't quite come together and set off a spark. It has since been vilified unfairly; I once saw it described as one of the most boring movies ever made, which it certainly isn't. But it is heavy-handed, a bit stodgy at times, and uncertain of everything other than its female centrism. Something, or more than that, just isn't clicking. So what it wrong? It is most likely a collaborative issue, rather than a few individuals. Anthony Minghella hasn't made it come off right for sure, and I would suspect it is more the team at the helm than the actors. However, Jude Law is a bit of a weight on the film. He is emblematic of the piece, in that he isn't bad exactly, but he seems to be flailing around and not quite finding success. There is some strikingly horrific Civil War imagery at the beginning, followed by a terrific scene where a dying boy asks a fiddler to play him a song that would make him feel like he was at a creek back home. But the strength of the film, and the central message, is in and about the defenseless people left behind. The men going off to war leaving behind women in physical and psychological deprivation It is a very real fact of war throughout history. What is interesting about how it is described here is the separation of male and female identity in a time of war, the idea of female experience as an alien thing to a world built and summarily destroyed by men. This is the idea that does get through when much of the film isn't coming together, and the film's shoulders rest on the women. The scene with the woman whose crying baby is left to die in the cold by sadistic Union soldiers is almost impossible to watch, but is the purest distillation of the central theme. Cold Mountain is mostly about the relationship between Nicole Kidman's southern belle and Renee Zellweger's hearty Appalachian lass. Kidman holds her own, she has that willowy elegance that is suited to a role of this type. Most of the press went to Renee Zellweger, whose showy acting won an Oscar, but who has since been mocked. I think she is not Oscar-caliber, but is not at all bad. It is a presentational style of performance with some campy, flouncy touches, but it is also full of the kind of fierceness this movie needs. The best performance here is by Ray Winstone, scary and very believable as the head of a group of thuggish confederate soldiers who've hung around the titular mountain town to control its resources and terrorize people. He is memorably menacing in this movie, and there are scenes with his psychopathic, ghostly blond henchman that are very difficult to watch. Its a tough movie, and and ungainly one, but one with enough good elements that it is worth seeing, not least of which is the lovely music, both in the film and the credits. Donald Sutherland is also very good in a small role.
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