I know this film doesn't normally get high reviews, but I have to say this is my FAVORITE movie of all time! There are many things that make this movie awesome, here are some...
The first would have to be Renee Zellweger. I must admit, if it weren't for Zellweger, I would not love the movie as much as I do now. I still would love it, but she really tops it off. I personally find her character (Ruby Thewes) in this movie hillarious. I didn't even know who Renee was, (no offence) until I saw this film, but I know now! I just wish she were in the movie more than she is!
The second thing that made me love Cold Mountain was the setting. The setting is so beautiful. If you really like country settings, you will like this one. The whole "farm look" and old town style is great. It is some what similar to the setting in the movie The Missing.
I thought the love story in this movie was creative and nice, but I liked everything else better. If you are looking for a real touching love story you should read a book by Nicholas Sparks, but that is besides the point.
Here is some advice, if you are looking for a real war movie, Cold Mountain is probably not the best when it comes to action, it does have action though, but not a lot compared to something like Band of Brothers. You should give it a try though, because it shows what life was like for the people back home during the Civil War.