The Goldfinch 2019
R | 2h 29min | Drama | 13 September 2019 (USA)
13-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker’s life is turned upside-down when his mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Confused in the rubble of the tragedy, he steals a priceless piece of art known as The Goldfinch.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for drug use and language
What I found more fascinating in this story is how the main characters evolve and are molded, not so much by circumstances but by relatives, friends and other people that enter and leave their lives. And we all can relate with this. How different would our lives be if we had been born in another family, if our parents didn’t get divorced and then someone else had not come to fill the void? If we hadn’t been taught as young by an inspiring teacher or if we had met true friends to give us a piece of wisdom when most needed? In fact, each character in this story, as in real life, plays a part In redirecting and molding the path of life of the main characters. But ultimately it’s our past and present choices that shape our future. Our choices have consequences. What happened for a naive kid to grow into a broken adult? What happened to us? The actors do succeed in getting us in their skin. And there’s an irreprehensible Nicole Kidman. But even if she wasn’t there, the movie would make its way anyway.
Director: John Crowley
Writers: Peter Straughan (screenplay by), Donna Tartt (based on the novel by)
Stars: Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman
Language: English | Ukrainian | German | French
Release Date: 13 September 2019 (USA)
Also Known As: The Goldfinch
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Anonymous (verified owner) –
Despite the mixed critics’ reviews, I enjoyed this film very much. The two actors who play Theo (an interesting, sympathetic character), young and older, were excellent. If there’s a weakness in the film, it’s probably that the content is packed into 2 hrs from a nearly 800 page novel, but I’d prefer too much happening to too little. It’s an unusual film, and may appeal to people tired of the usual.