Sunday, February 1, 2009

Jeff’s Movie Review: The Reader

Emily and I are spending the weekend in Rotterdam, NY with my folks. So naturally we found reason to escape this afternoon… we went to see The Reader. We’ve now seen all of the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

The Reader
The Reader explores the nature of guilt. What if the person you love was a monster?

The movie centers on the relationship between Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), a woman in her mid-30s, and Michael Berg (David Kross / Ralph Fiennes), who is 15 years old when they meet. The relationship abruptly ends and years later Michael is in law school.

Their paths cross again as Michael attends Hanna’s trial for war crimes; she served as an SS guard at Auschwitz. The college-aged Michael and adult Michael wrestle with conscience and his complicit guilt.

Forgive me if I sound like a broken record here but once again, the acting in this was fantastic. Winslet, Kross and Fiennes are all great (I never even heard of this Kross kid before but he more than held his own). Winslet is nominated for an Oscar and it’s easy to see why.

Rating:
(4)

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