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Blu-ray Review: 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
April 26th, 2013 1:10pm EDT

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Writing.  War.  And passion.  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray tale of "Hemingway & Gellhorn" out now from HBO Home Entertainment.  The story and review spans the globe below!

 

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   Title: "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Tony Shalhoub

   Director: Philip Kaufman

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 155 minutes

   Release Company: HBO Home Entertainment

   Website: www.hbo.com

 

The Flick: With both Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman on board this passionate tale of love during wartime should be a home run.  But way too much story, bad "Forrest Gump"-like effects wedging the actors in various time periods, awful old age make-up and a way too long running time put this flick in the not so great department.  The only time this one cooks is when Owen and Kidman get physical, which is not a surprise under the direction of the man who made "Henry & June."  But Director Philip Kaufman seems to be biting off way more then he can chew – and the audience shouldn’t have to swallow it all.  

Best Feature: The full-length 'Commentary' track with Director Philip Kaufman while a tad stoic (during the steamy first love scene Kaufman talks of it being the ‘coldest winter in history in San Francisco’!) does give a history to those looking for it!

Best Hidden Gem: Loved the memorable cameo by a feisty Robert Duvall.

Worth the Moola: Sensual, yet stiff, Hemingway and Gellhorn like the characters themselves should have known when to call it quits.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment