The Film - The Goldfinch

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

The Goldfinch (2019)

From the novel The Goldfinch (Pulitzer Prize for fiction) by Donna Tartt

Screenplay by: Peter Straughan

Music: Trevor Gureckis

Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

Director: John Crowley

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Ansel Elgort, Aneurin Barnard, Robert Joy

 

I feel renewed with hope when a novel of adventure and human drama such as The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt’s treasure, can be so beautifully transformed to the screen.

The idea that a production about a detailed (painting) work of art and the human frailties surrounding it is filmed by the master of light and tone, Roger Deakins, is a blessing, but to add to the elegance of Nicole Kidman, and the intensity of Jeffrey Wright is, how can this be?

The Goldfinch is the story about Theo Decker, and a young boy’s obsession with the artwork named in the title. The two survive a terrorist attack at The Met, blowing up the museum and killing his beloved mother. The boy’s father, who skipped town years earlier, makes Theo parentless.

Theo is delivered to the home of Nicole Kidman, a woman married with three children. The authorities explain “He mentioned your name.” Nicole is secretly pleased to be asked to care for Theo temporarily, but when the dysfunctional Father returns: with his new mate, a drug addicted woman, Nicole is forced to surrender the young, sensitive boy. Theo however has been given a new path by a stranger named Welton “Welty” Blackwell (played by Robert Joy).

Theo followed Welty’s instruction, after the bomb explosion, meets Hobie (Jeffrey Wright) a master of antique furniture, and a: new extended journey begins.

 

 


Submitted: May 27, 2020

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