Tuesday, April 2 2013, 02:52 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Hemingway & Gellhorn
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Available On: DVD, Digital Download, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
The Film: A recounting of the explosive romance between novelist Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman).
The Extras: Audio Commentary with director Philip Kaufman and editor Walter Murch
Blu-ray Excusive Extras: “Behind the Visual Effects” and “Making Hemingway and Gellhorn” featurettes.
Recommendation: “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is a well-made film with wonderful performances and great production values. Clive Owen plays Hemingway with the sort of unapologetic bravado that seems entirely appropriate. You’re drawn to him, much like the characters that populate the film, only to discover that everything that made him initially appealing eventually make him insufferable to be around. Kidman’s Gellhorn plays the perfect foil as she rejects her privileged life in favor of hardnosed journalist; she starts out as just a pretty face and evolves into a self-sacrificing woman.
Like Hemingway himself director Philip Kaufman’s film isn’t always enjoyable, but it is consistently engaging. I went in to the film excited to learn more about Hemingway, but left interested in and impressed by Gellhorn.
-Ryan Michael Painter