Reviewed byyakster1Vote: 7/10/10
I'm always leery of historical epics and biopics that never get thehistory right. Composite characters are created, the time line ismessed with, people say things that are attributed to others etc. Afterviewing Hemmingway and Gellhorn and then doing a little backgroundresearch, Kaufman and Co. at least got the story right especially theevents of the Spanish Civil War. These scenes look exactly like theRobert Capa photos taken when he accompanied Hemmingway and Gellhorn.Nicole Kidman is great as usual, Clive Owen is a bit over the top butthen again he is playing someone who was in many ways, larger thanlife. I felt both Robet Duvall and Peter (don't blink or you'll misshim) Coyote talents were wasted in minor roles. The blending of sepiawith black and white was a good way to invoke the photos and newsfootage of the day and by inserting the characters into this historicfootage (a la Forrest Gump) really showed that the characters were partof something much larger. At 2 1/2 hours I wasn't bored but it could'vebenefited from a better script and tightening the story somewhat.
Reviewed byL MillerVote: 5/10/10
The movie left me flat. I was interested in the history and intriguedto see how it was portrayed. Skipping back and forth between the sepia,black and white and colour formats was disruptive. Further I don'tthink that the two principals did their roles justice. Like Hemingwaythey tried, almost painfully at times, to be larger than life and itresulted in inconsistent portrayals of these remarkablecharacters....both are good actors...probably a function of baddirection. The love affair didn't work at all....I guess a combinationof things got in the way of my enjoying the movie. Several times Icommented "this is not a very good flick" as we watched...and yet wewatched it to the end...knowing how it would end....a strange viewingexperience. I wanted it to be better and it had such potential to beso.
Reviewed bytpaladinoVote: 4/10/10
I wanted to enjoy this film very much, and was looking forward toseeing it.
Unfortunately it doesn't deliver in any way other than visually. It wasshot and edited beautifully, and had a lot of potential. But that'swhere it ends.
The story is boring and meandering, and never really gives you anythingto sink your teeth into. The character development is shockinglysuperficial, as though we're automatically supposed to care aboutHemingway and Gellhorn simply because they're Hemmingway and Gellhorn.Sadly, it just doesn't work like that; the notoriety of he subjectmatter isn't enough to carry the story without competent writing toback it up.
Ultimately we're left with a disappointingly empty portrayal of one ofthe most colorful and dynamic individuals in history.
It was a romance born out of war...and later torn apart by it. This powerful drama recounts one of the great love stories of the 20th century: the relationship between literary giant and trailblazing war correspondent .