Monday, February 19, 2007

THE PAINTED VEIL

There's a lot of great work in THE PAINTED VEIL. Although it's slow getting started, the majority of the film is a fascinating character study between a married couple who learn to hate each other.

The cast is fantastic. Naomi Watts and Edward Norton are good leads (although Norton's English accent is clearly overly affected). If there was any doubt as to how good Toby Jones was as Capote in INFAMOUS, seeing him as a completely different character here proves his range. (As Capote, it never occurred to me that he was a British actor playing American). Liev Schrieber and Diana Rigg are also good.

The cinematography and music are excellent. I'm surprised Alexandre Desplat wasn't nominated for his beautiful score.

Definitely recommended.
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