Saturday, March 23, 2013
Vintage Review: October 29, 2006 Out of Africa by Sydney Pollack, 1985 (PG)
with Meryl Streep (Prime, The Iron Lady, Marvin's Room, It's Complicated, Julie and Julia, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Hope Springs), Robert Redford (The Conspirator), Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui, Michael Gough, Suzanna Hamilton, Rachel Kempson
Hoping to forge a better life, Denmark native Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) enters into a marriage of convenience with a womanizing baron. But when the couple moves to Nairobi, Karen falls in love with a free-spirited hunter (Robert Redford) who can't be tied down. Director Sydney Pollack's lush period drama earned seven Academy Awards, including statues for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
I guess I was very confused by this movie, perhaps I should take the time to watch it all over again...
"What does this movie mean.
Do you know first that this is a true story? It is. It is about a woman from Denmark going to Kenya and marry a friend for a business arrangement: she gets a title and he gets rich.
I found this movie, i must say, quite boring. The thing is that nothing happens, we can't read any sign in the eyes of Robert Redford, playing an amazingly cold and beautiful lonely man (same as in The Horse Whisperer). And Meryl Streep is all Danish, i must say she plays her part quite well. We are not attached to this Robert Redford who doesn't even seem to have any interest in her. We also wonder why she suddenly finds him interesting as she used to be interested in his best friend. The landscapes are so too much shown, sometimes we feel like accelerating the movie to see the following dialogue. Indeed, i did! Well, there is the situation of war while we are in World War One, and the situation of minorities in colonies all taken by European empires and exploited with no sense. There is all this complicated background, but this could have still be a very intense lovestory, with loads of historic references and a lost cause to protect minorities. It is instead a slow and cold movie, very much Danish. I don't mean it in a bad way, Danish are not showing so much and that's even more gratifying when they do, after knowing them enough.
At the end of the movie, you cry because of the music and the sadness of the story. But still, you have a strange feeling and wonder why caring about this trivial love story.
Days passed and the look in the eyes of Meryl Streep, hiding this great loss or on her protegees, remains. And you still wander what was so special in Robert Redford attitude that made him so ambigious. You don't exactely know who he was, what was he doing and why he died. You are obsessed with the lack of information, why was he interested in her specially, and why didn't he show it more.
Okay no more question, but if someone read the book, can he or she tell me if we know more about him, or of it is the same mystery."
Watch Out of Africa trailer: