Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Movies On Vacation - Cold Mountain 

Caught several movies during my holiday time off.

Cold Mountain was excellent!! It explores the lives of several individuals from a small South Carolina town during the Civil War, working through alternating timeframes. Some characters struggle to hold on to their hopes and moral center, others exploit an opportunity to wield their newly found power over those around them, and others find themselves shedding their ethics for survival in the uncertainty of the times. It's an interesting companion film to The Last Samurai, which takes place after the Civil War but also deals with moral and ethical struggles in the face of life-threatening situations. Cold Mountain should be an Oscar nominee in any number of categories, but especially for Renee Zellwegger in her supporting role of Ruby - she brings life and humor to the screen to keep the film and the audience from falling into despair.

Reality Check: The Girl loved this movie as much as me. The story, the acting, the cinematography and soundtrack overruled any qualms she might have with it being a period piece which goes back and forth in time.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 4:35 PM