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Love in the Time of Cholera
on 23 October 2009
Having just read the book and being impressed by it's beauty and rich detail, it has to be said that the film of `Love in the Time of Cholera' left me feeling very disappointed. It is a very flat portrayal of the story and although it is relatively faithful to the book (with a few omissions), you would be hard pressed to follow certain events and recognise their relevance, unless you had some previous awareness of the plot. Javier Bardem is the best of a bad set of actors and unusually even he is pretty wooden in this film. The locations are stunning to look at and whilst my friend raves about the soundtrack, I found it to be nothing special or note worthy. This film drags when you are watching it and I took a break half way through to do something else, I'm just glad I didn't watch it at the cinema for this reason. It is hard to pinpoint just what it is about this film that disappoints so much; maybe it is because I have just read the book, or it is because of the various reasons I have noted above, but whatever it is I would have to say that I wouldn't rush to watch this again and wouldn't recommend it in a hurry. It is a shame it didn't live up to it's promise.
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