From the biting wit of TRULY MADLY DEEPLY, to the Oscar sweeping epic power of THE ENGLISH PATIENT, to the solemn, if slightly overwrought THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY comes the inexplicably uninteresting COLD MOUNTAIN.
Every year it seems there is at least one film that is being touted as one of the best. So oversold is this downright dreadful film that the general public are brainwashed into believing they are witnessing cinematic art. In recent years, it has been such "films" as MOULIN ROUGE, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, SEABISCUIT, GANGS OF NEW YORK, LEAVING LAS VEGAS...the list is endless. This year, undoubtedly, is the artificial, shoddily written, disjointed, badly acted, uninvolving, predictable nonsense that is COLD MOUNTAIN.
Renee Zelleweger delivers a bizarre caricature that comes off as a cross between Annie Oakley & Ma Kettle(check out NURSE BETTY to see how brilliant she can be).
After his utterly flawless performance in MR. RIPLEY, Jude Law's work here seems only to depend on how grizzled he can look & how long he can sustain it for.
Nicole Kidman..well, the less said, the better.
Minghella throws one ugly & utterly manufactured scene after another at his innocent audience; the sets & situations are so completely unconvincing, you can almost hear him yelling "Action"!
Is this the result of someone being drunk with power? Or is this a great director's first fall from grace?
Either way, it's a waste. Of money. Of a considerable amount of talent. Of the audience's time. Thank God I saw this one for free.....