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An Englishman, an Aussie and a Texan go into a war.......

  • Nov 17, 2008
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If this movie weren't a drama, one could almost put together a joke about the main characters. Playing Southerners, with accents as thick as molasses, Jude Law (the Englishman) plays the uni-named Inman, and Nicole Kidman (the Australian phenom from Honolulu)plays Ada Monroe, but neither can compare with the homegrown Renee Zellweger (Ruby Thewes), who steals the movie neatly from under the feet of her two stellar co-stars.

Despite the benefit of a supporting cast of biggish names, such as Donald Sutherland, Natalie Portman and Giovanni Ribisi, and the stunning Romanian scenery, this tale of trial, tribulation and romance amidst the American Civil War would be a boring plodder without the fire and spunk of Ruby Thewes.

See Inman meet Ada
See Inman go to war
See Ada wait for Inman
Inman comes back to Ada
Inman and Ada reunite ..etc ...etc..

Meanwhile, back at the farm, Ruby drags Ada out of her misery and saves her from starvation, puts the farm back on its feet, reconnects with a long lost parent, works a few miracles and rescues, and generally carries the long middle of the movie.

To his credit, Jude Law roughs up pretty nicely, but even he can't make an unbelievable love story work.

Three stars for the romance and one more for the terrific war footage and Renee's well deserved Oscar.

Amanda Richards

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