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Cold Mountain brilliantly adapted.,
This review is from: Cold Mountain [DVD]  (DVD)
Anthony Minghella appears to have done it again. He's taken what seemed another un-filmable book and has transferred it to the screen and has given it a polished and authentic look.
There was outrage during the filming of this movie. Anthony Minghella was blamed for not filming in the States as it was an American story. His reply was that the mountain ranges in Romania closely resembled the mountain ranges in the book so he filmed there. He had a valid point. Why film an adaptation in the country where the story's based when somewhere else there's a closer resemblance? So I could see where Minghella was coming from.
It works extremely well. Again I saw this film before I read the book. Before I read the book, I thought it was a marvellous film beautifully shot and told with conviction. I then read the book and about half-way through, I thought to myself how on earth did Anthony Minghella manage to adapt this to the screen? For in my view, the book was beautifully written and the descriptions of the era were magically told. The director managed it brilliantly.
Jude Law is engagingly good as Inman making his way back to Cold Mountain through the ravages of the Civil War to his loved one Ada. Nicole Kidman is also worth watching as the girl who struggles to survive waiting for Inman's return. But it is Renee Zellweger who steals the acting honours as Ruby who comes to Ada's rescue and keeps her company as they are waiting for Inman's return. With a cast of household names on the billing, it makes for compelling drama. I felt that it could have won more than it's solitary single Oscar for Supporting Actress. I thought the cinematography and the editing were first-rate. A film well worth seeing.