The score is magnificent. Sadly it is only the last 45 minutes to an hour that this story finally makes you sit up and pay attention. This may be the first time I really enjoyed a performance by Dan Stevens. The imagery in the latter half is something.
I promise I'm never telling anyone I watched this... oh wait.
I need you to believe me when I say, one I borrowed this from a friend because they know I'm looking for 'safe' Halloween movies for my challenge (it has ghosts) and now I can never tell them I didn't like it. Two, the cover of the DVD I borrowed looks nothing like the image they use here. I don't book shame people for reading Nora Roberts, but this movie is a real um interesting 'look' at New Orleans with terrible accents and white washing. Happy safe Halloween kids. Don't watch this.
Four years ago today my Gran passed away and today Netflix released this film for streaming. This book holds a special place in my heart because Gran loved it and shared it with me. I couldn't help crying a few times wishing she was sitting beside me enjoying this story again on the screen. I'm not going to rate it because it is enough to love it and appreciate that a much loved book has made an appearance again.
My only regret is the only theater playing this near me is a little over an hour away and I won't be able to see it again until its Blu-ray release (which I will buy).
Imperfect people, imperfect story, but still manages to pull you in and make you want more. I cried. I was surprised. If anything you need to walk away in awe of Charlize Theron's dedication to her craft. I really appreciate how this film depends on its surroundings to give more honesty and emotion.
Have all my dollars Reitman and Cody!