Thursday, October 22, 2009

Awesome Movie Highlight: No. 2--The Hours

Everyone finds this movie either confusing or boring (or both), but I found it highly enthralling. The unrecognizable (amazing makeup department) Nicole Kidman played Virginia Woolf with extreme accuracy, or so I’d think. Again, Kidman is in two of my top three, and I don’t even like her! So that shows how amazing she was in the movie. On top of that, Claire Danes plays Maryl Streep’s character’s daughter. Ed Harris as Julianne Moore’s son. Allison Janney, Miranda Richardson, John C. Reilly, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Jeff Daniels. Everyone has a connection in some way or another, but all three women of Streep, Kidman, and Moore’s characters connect throughout time by Woolf’s book Mrs. Dalloway and the book’s reflection of their lives. The entire movie is complex in its symbolism, dialogue, and relationships. It’s everything an English major loves. It also stresses how Woolf placed her own thoughts in her books. One can see her state of mind in reading her books chronologically from the first to the last, and Mrs. Dalloway is one aspect showcased in this movie, though misleadingly not her final book as the movie suggests.

“Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more. It's contrast.” -Virginia Woolf (Kidman)

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