Editor’s Note: I had attended an advance screening of WOMAN IN GOLD in March of this year. Below is my first formal review for your enjoyment. ~bc
Woman in Gold review – The film centers around the efforts of Maria Altmann and Randol Schoenberg to retrieve a familial Gustav Klimt painting, the Portrait of Adele Bloch – Bauer, appropriated by the Nazi’s during the Holocaust in Vienna and held on display at the Austrian State Gallery.
A beautifully acted film with amazing locations (Vienna and Los Angeles), beautifully crafted sets and well detailed costumes all serve a well-crafted screenplay written by Alexi Kaye Campbell (whom I understand is a well known playwright) in his first theatrical script.
Dame Helen Mirren is at the top of her craft, delivering a defiant tone to her character, and rightly so. Ryan Reynolds has never been better as he finds his way on the path to righteousness. Both are strongly supported by Daniel Bruhl of Inglorious Basterds fame.
The characters and other details of the film are brought to life with a great score by Martin Phipps and Hans Zimmer.
I highly recommend this film. Some of the subject matter may be uncomfortable to watch, but the lush Viennese scenery with a well paced story and beautiful score make this a must see movie. The efforts of the main characters and their real life counterparts to seek to correct an injustice, not once, but twice, #WomanInGold is worth it.