Shining Through Reviews
I love this movie.
It was wrongly maligned by critics - that surprised me.
I enjoyed this long before it was unnecessarily savaged by cynical critics. I was shocked at the ill treatment and watched it again - holds up perfectly.
Great story - an office worker who is elevated to collecting spy info, but it doesn't go as planned. Strong performances, brooding suspense, palpable spy tension, a little humor, solid cinematography by Jan Debont, well paced throughout, effective betrayal/twist, and inspired final act.
I stand behind this movie and Melanie Griffith completely. Frankly, I'll never understand the cynicism against Griffith and this movie.
Griffith is exceptional here.
A smart, multi-dimensional character, and perfectly pitched at each turn.
I had bought this video for friends and family who genuinely enjoyed it as well.
This is a well-done sleeper hit for me. If you were drawn into the escape sequence in Sound Of Music, you will enjoy this movie.
Worth giving a look - even a second look.
4.5 of 5 *PG 13*, shud not be rated R
Linda Voss (Melanie Griffith) is a huge war buff wanting to do something for the war effort. Soon she meets Ed (Michael Douglas) who is an undercover OSS officer. Through the magic of movie romances, they fall in love with no believability whatsoever. Seriously, these two have no connection at all. Anyway, she wants to be a spy for the OSS or something. Oh by the way, her experience includes a talent for making strudel and watching a bunch of War Movies. Yeah, you can pretty much tell the biggest problem this movie can't you? But we'll get to that later.
The acting in this movie isn't all bad. I think the only one who really fails here is Melanie Griffith. I am still not sure what her actingstyle is All she really does is that baby voice which gets annoying very quickly. It also doesn't help that Michael Douglas is pretty much a stoic puppet throughout the entire movie. Liam Neeson also has a small role but it's totally wasted talent. He really doesn't do anything in this movie worth mentioning besides take Griffith to an Opera.
There are actually two huge problems with Shining Through. Firstly, it's one of the most boring movies I ever seen. The reason being is nobody in this movie is interesting. Linda is a vapid idiot and Ed is pretty much a robot. The movie has it's own agenda and it clearly doesn't care about the tragic things in the background.
Which leads to the biggest problem with this movie. It doesn't want to talk about why we are fighting with the Germans. Yeah they mention Linda is Jewish and has Jewish relatives in hiding in Berlin. However the movie never delves dep into that. I can care less about Linda and Ed's relationship. Maybe if the film did have more depth on the Holocaust and Linda's pain of having relatives in that tragic time maybe it could've been an insightful movie. However, more than half the film is focused on either the stupid love story or the stupid main character. Oh yes, Linda is a major idiot. Also, apparently the OSS is full of idiots as well. They allow a Jewish woman to go to Berlin for Spy work because she knows how to cook German food. Oh and she watched a ton of War Movies. So I can solve a murder because I've watched a lot of episodes of Law and Order SVU?
I honestly have nothing else to say about this film. It's poorly acted, awfully written, it's boring and instead of focusing on the real life tragedy of the Holocaust we focus on a love story nobody cares about. Sounds like the Pearl Harbor movie doesn't it?