‘Woman in Gold,’
history of so many. It’s an interesting question, but “Woman in Gold” doesn’t have the guts to go too deep on that or any of the complexities around Maria’s quest.
Also, instead of engaging in any dialogue about the idea of reclamation, the film has a predetermined moral narrative. From the beginning, the Austrians are portrayed as thieving, greedy, petty and wholly disinterested in the past traumas of its exiled citizens.
It doesn’t even really function as a thrilling legal drama, even when they reach the Supreme Court of the United States. Every victory and “ah-ha” moment plays like a shrug. Perhaps the lesson is that there is no actual triumph in reclamation.
As for Randy, with a wife and a baby at home and a brand new job at a prestigious firm on the line, he has no reason to get tangled up with Maria. At one point he cries that he only said yes because he discovered the worth of the paintings, but as his professional life caves in around this long fight, his motives become even more bewildering. The movie tells us that he matures, but it fails to show it in a meaningful way.
“Woman in Gold” reaches for glossy, based-on-a-true-story cinematic heights with the depth of one of its made-for-television counterparts.
► Directed by Leigh Whannell With Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and Angus Sampson
English with Chinese subtitles Comedy, Drama, Fantasy USA 99 min.
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