Monday, February 2, 2009

Movie of the Month-Great Expectations

Now I know it is February and I am aware of a certain Hallmark holiday going on the 14th of the month. However, I could not resist discuss what I believe to be one of the sexiest films of the modern era. 1998's update of Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations, is one thrilling film going experience. Directed by Latin director Alfanso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men), this visually stunning and provocative look at a classic tale is a brilliant and tasteful update. With an all star cast featuring Ethan Hawke, Robert DeNiro, Anne Bancroft, Chris Cooper, Hank Azaria and in her most desirable performance to date, Gwyneth Paltrow. The film is about a young Florida artist named Finn (Hawke) who as a boy helped save the life of an escaped convict (DeNiro), while in the meantime befriends an old money widow (Bancroft), Finn later falls in love with the widows granddaughter (Paltrow). As his love for the granddaughter grows as they age, she up and leaves him to travel the world. Their lives intersect accidentally in New York City as Finn is commissioned from an unknown financier to show his work in gallery. Backed by one of the greatest film soundtracks ever, featuring rare songs from Pulp, Mono, Tori Amos, Chris Cornell, Scott Wieland and Iggy Pop. This is certainly one to see, enjoy and indulge.