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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning location, sound acting, good storyline, 29 Nov. 2009
This review is from: A Good Woman [DVD] (DVD)
A Good Woman is a beautiful period film, full of beautiful people in beautiful locations, but with an added depth to it - the result of its intriguing storyline, which is based on Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan. Helen Hunt plays a supposedly amoral middle-aged man-hunter who seemingly heads off to Italy to bag her latest catch, with the emphasis very much on "supposedly" and "seemingly". She is superb in this role, even though I had doubts about her ability to play a period character before seeing the film, having previously only seen her in films such as Paying It Forward and As Good As It Gets. Scarlett Johansson too does a fantastic job playing Meg Windermere, a woman as beautiful as she is insecure. Most impressive of all in this film, however, is Mark Umbers, an actor I hadn't come across before. Playing Robert Windermere, he displays all the suave sophistication one would associate with a member of his class at the time, but at the same time is extremely likeable due to his total infatuation with his wife. The one problem I had with film was that the dialogues were a little bit too clever at times and therefore came over as unreal, but when a film is based on an Oscar Wilde play, I guess this is an unresolveable problem, as if you change the dialogue too much, the association with Wilde is lost. Moreover, maybe people prior to the age of television and the Internet were far more witty and clever than they are today. Watch out for the scene with Helen Hunt and Tom Wilkinson on the terrace of the opera house - a cinematographic feast in blue.
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