WOMAN IN GOLD ~ Rated PG 13
Director Simon Curtis and writer Alexi Kaye Campbell bring to the big screen the real-life story of Jewish immigrant Maria Altmann, who fled to this country as the Nazi’s overthrew her beloved homeland Austria, and proceeded to acquire many of her families belongings, including a prized possession ~ AND SHE WANTS IT BACK ~ in the heart-felt drama ~ WOMAN IN GOLD.
Intrigued by the notion after her sister’s death of acquiring her families belongings that were illegally acquired by the Nazi’s during WWII ~ including the Gustav Klimt painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” ` which is of her beloved Aunt ~ Maria Altmann (Helen Miren), has decided now is as good a time as any to get her families possessions back.
Maria acquires the services of young Lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), who isn’t sure that he wants to take on her case. When Schoenberg realizes the exquisite painting of Maria’s aunt ~ The Viennese Mona Lisa – a.k.a. the WOMAN IN GOLD ~ is one of the pieces they are fighting for, he reconsiders his stance. But sadly, they seem to be hitting roadblock after road- block, even when they return to Maria’s homeland to pursue her fight in person.
Disenchanted by being shunned by her beloved country yet again, Maria decides that she doesn’t have the fortitude to keep on fighting for what is rightfully hers.
Schoenberg finds that the plight he initially wasn’t too fond of pursuing, has become a case that he just can’t let go. Working to find any loop hole he can to force the Austrians to do what’s right, Randol finds himself back in Austria on Maria’s behalf. Even though it seems his professional and personal life are starting to take a back seat to his quest for justice…
I give WOMAN IN GOLD 5 out of 5 Stars: Helen Miren gives an outstanding performance yet again as the Austrian/American just wanting to gain back what is rightfully hers. Ryan Reynolds is definitely on his A~game too, as this role I feel, is the finest work he has done thus far in his career! Add in the exceptional performance by Daniel Bruhl as Austrian journalist Hubertus Czernin, who aids Maria and Randol in their plight for justice, and you have one emotionally charged and beautifully crafted real-life story for all the world to see. Take my word for it, this film will absolutely move every fiber in your being while viewing ~ regardless if you are lover of fine art, or not.