Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) and her preacher father come to live in Cold Mountain, North Carolina, just before the start of the Civil War. She is attracted to the shy, handsome Inman, (Jude Law), and he to her, but before they can speak what is in their hearts, he is off to fight, with just a tintype of Ada to comfort him. She endures the rigors of the homefront, aided by mountain girl Ruby (Renee Zellweger); together they survive Yankees, the local militia, and hunger. Inman, meanwhile, has seen the horrors of war, and after three years, decides to go back to Ada and Cold Mountain.
The trailer for "Cold Mountain" led me to believe this was a romance, but it is really a story of the brutality of war. The gory battles and scenes of unspeakable cruelty away from the frontline are almost endless and it takes a strong stomach to watch it all. Kidman is fine as the Southern belle turned self-sufficient farmer, and Law gives a remarkably sensitive performance. Zellweger's earthy Ruby is a welcome relief from the depressing action. Watching this movie leaves one recoiling from the inhumanity that was common at that time. It is a thoughtful, sobering, bloody story.
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 … more
Pros: Sweeping vistas, cinematography; fine performances. Cons: Black people reduced to mere props. The Bottom Line: See the movie, if only to view once again the genius of Nicole Kidman. Its hard to say what I thought about director Anthony Minghella's (The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley), adaptation of Cold Mountain. It was a luscious oft-times obscene mixture of the beauty and ugliness, human compassion and … more
Pros: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zelwegger - story line, scenery Cons: A little long perhaps This film vividly recreates the emotions and images of a terrible chapter in American History. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zelwegger give solid performances and bring the characters of Cold Mountain to life. The film boils down to the dramatically shifted realities of a Southern town in North Carolina and ultimately a handful … more