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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of film: “THE READER” -- From Book-lover to FREQUENT Lover

Review of film:    THE READER  --  From Book-lover to FREQUENT Lover =    

                     [ RATING:  8 of 10 stars ]  

Date Rated: Feb 23, 2009 | Rel. Date: Dec 10, 2008
This film (based on a German book) concerns an affair between a 15-year-old young man (very well played by DAVID CROSS) and a much older (frequently naked) woman (KATE WINSLET) who likes him to read books to her and who later turns out to be charged with crimes as a guard in a Nazi concentration camp...

...  There were a number of fascinating and well-done elements in the movie (which starred RALPH FIENNES as an older version of the boy)-- but I also found a bunch of MADDENING essentials inherent in it (such as the bad choices people made by not speaking up in a timely manner about vitally important matters, the weak end to the film, etc.)...

...  Winslet’s fascinating role in this just won her an OSCAR as Best Actress in a Leading Role. While that’s probably deserved, I felt the film overall simply did NOT DESERVE its nomination as one of the 5 Best Pictures (as opposed to the far more inventive, involved and effective THE DARK KNIGHT”), which is why I rated the film as I did….

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