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Oscar and Lucinda Reviews

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October 25, 2017
A heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of how much of a gamble love can be.
½ May 26, 2016
Good, but not great. Had massive potential - it was compelling viewing for the first 60% or so of the movie. But then it takes a rather random turn, a turn which should have just been a minor detour but becomes the ultimate plot line.

Great performance from Ralph Fiennes and a good one from Cate Blanchett. Good support from Ciaran Hinds.
December 15, 2015
Stopped watching halfway through...
November 5, 2014
It begins as a fanciful yarn about colorful misfit characters, but it grows and deepens as the movie goes along. Yes it's a beautiful but tragic love story, an adventure epic and a drama. All fit seamlessly and entertain as much as it touches the heart.
December 13, 2013
Nothing much to recommend, honestly.
½ April 15, 2013
Beautiful and tragic. Virtually Shakespearean.
½ September 12, 2012
Although compelling and beautifully crafted an Australian film it is, boosting the careers of cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes respectively, one can't help but wonder why there is a feel of less than perfect direction.

The story of two compulsive gamblers, one a glass-maker's daughter, the heiress to his money, and a priest who used to gamble and earn money for the poor, but discovered the satisfaction of personal gain, and the struggles they faced on a boat trip across the sea (filmed and constructed very unconvincingly, the plastic sets wobbling more than they should, and splashes of waves on the portals is very obvious).

When they reach land, after troubles, confrontations and the death of a family member, the priest comes up with the brilliant idea of building a glass church in the neighbouring state, to enitice their friendship.

The journey there is reaping with complications and worries, but at the same time, dealt with too quickly to contain much emotion.

The eventual climax is the best part of the film, where the priest finds himself in a foreboding situation (an act of God?) and one of the most beautiful sights ever crafted for film meets a terrible fate.

Adopting a strange feel of cinematography and lighting, this is olden day Australia done curiously, but entertaining and compelling enough to draw in the viewer. My new favourite scene in a film, aided extremely well by a beautiful score by Thomas Newman, comes from this very film, and the scene involves a floating glass church on a raft, with the sun glinting of the panes and Ralph Fiennes sitting inside praying as it glides along the river, is certainly worth the watch on its own.
½ August 1, 2012
Visually stunning adaptation of Carey's novel with wonderful performances from a great cast. However, the storyline meanders along making it difficult to sustain empathy for Oscar and Lucinda.
½ July 29, 2012
Sad to say, long, draggy and boring, in spite of the best efforts of the two accomplished leads.
Super Reviewer
July 24, 2012
The mid 1800's is a tough time to be a lady or gentleman. Oscar and Lucinda are meant for each other, but they have to fight through society's rules and Oscar's fear of water. The scene of the glass church floating down the river is pretty cool.
May 21, 2012
Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and compelling in more ways than one. Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes work extremely well together in this tale about love, faith and chance.
March 20, 2012
I think this film falls into the 'acquired taste' category, as the idea is a bit hard to get your head around. I was attracted to it merely because of its soundtrack, but I ended up rather enjoying it, even if it was more for the scenery and the music.
½ March 1, 2012
A film I completely lost, didn't even know it excisted until yesterday... And what a great little project this film was when it came out. Two very young extremely talented actors are together lifting this masterpiece to a higher level than it would have been without them!
Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett have glorious, quirky chemistry in the title roles. Ralph Fiennes is such a mercurial actor that while watching this film, it's hard to believe this is the same man that played Amon Goeth in Schindler's List and the Count in The English Patient - completely different people, not even carrying themselves in the same way!

Based on Australian novelist, Peter Carey's award-winning book, Oscar and Lucinda, this is a faithful period piece about iconoclasts and their attempt to find love and purpose in strait-laced society despite their fears and obsessions.
February 2, 2012
Oscar and Lucinda is a beautiful film. It is about an Anglican priest and an Australian heiress met on a ship in the mid-1800s. Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written and sweet. Gillian Armstrong did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Oscar and Lucinda is a must see.
Super Reviewer
½ October 2, 2011
Odd, overlong character drama which during the later stages echoes Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. I lost interest in Oscar's decline as he's not really a person who earns much empathy. Cate Blanchett leaves a mark as Lucinda though.
September 7, 2011
there was nary a boring moment with Fiennes's brilliant acting and the chemistry between him and Blanchett. a bittersweet exploration of our mortal weakness, even in a religious setting.
½ September 7, 2011
very good acting by the 2 leads with a whole range of emotions from cheeky and naughty, to penitent. The cinematography is pretty stunning, especially towards the end. Still, one can't help feeling a little sad as to why it had to end this way.
August 21, 2011
Great watching for a rainy Saturday night. A fantasy spun from glass. A complex look at who we are.
August 8, 2011
Saw it after having read the book, and I got a lot more of the emotional impact of the story from the book. The movie was pretty visually, and I liked Fiennes and Blanchett in their roles, but really didn't feel the full impact on film.
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