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Girl with a Pearl Earring 2003

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works...

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Girl with a Pearl Earring is largely an atmospheric movie. Much of the film makes you feel as if you're watching a Vermeer painting come to life, which is, of course, part of its charm. Other parts of its charm come from the performers, all of whom do a bang-up job with their respective parts. Especially impressive is little known Essie Davis, as Vermeer's bitter wife.

The movie is flawed. A bit on the slow side. And the ending leaves you feeling a bit let down. But I suppose that's the book's fault, really. It's not a movie in which a lot happens. Still, I think that the set, costume design, cinematography and solid performances save it from being a snooze. There are times when you really are sucked into 17th century Holland. And, of course, any romantic will appreciate the gentle, romantic sexual tension between Vermeer and his young muse.

All in all, a nicely done movie. :fresh:
Beautifully shot, but lacking any kind of energy.

**.5/****

Probably the best young actress in Hollywood.
i do a lot of babysitting, and most of the time, the baby is already asleep when i get there. I own about 10 movies, some monty python/monty python related humor, all 3 LotR movies, Master and Commander, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bend it Like Beckham...I liked each movie enough to want to buy it; M & C because of the incredible story of the friendship between Jack and Stephen, LotR for it's great likeness to the book, so on and so forth, but thankfully my clients have netflix, so i can break away from my usual 10 movie routine...Girl With A Pearl Earing took my breath away as a movie that stands independant of it's book heritage, and shows an intense world through one girls eyes. Like the Sundance feature on the DVD says, "they fall in love because of their understanding of art." being an artist, i felt the relationship between Griet, the Artist, and the art. It was an intense battle portrayed in such a "hushed up" manner. I say hushed up because of the time period. They were in a situation/time period that prevented them from talking about it freely, from being able to publicaly pursue their relationship, be it artistic or romantic. THis movie left me so wrapped up in the story, it had me envisioning other scenes: it had me wanting more. It conveyed so effectively so much, in so little time, and dialogue. I loved how quiet it was. it was so poetic. i just loved this movie. i feel, like i want to jump in and be part of the story...unfortunately i couldn't take the "bad guy" seriously because he was in The Full Monty, but i could still feel the tension between him, the artist, and Griet...Colin Firth was spectacular, despite the fact he was so quiet. he had the perfect look, the perfect gaze, that he needed to convey his emotions effectively. Scarlett Johanson did an amazing job. her butcher bf got on my nerves a bit, but that's because mostly i wanted to solely focus on Griet's relationship with the artist. I got so wrapped up in this movie- i loved it, and will definately buy it...

by: Peter Webber

It's a visual masterpiece though I wish I could say the same thing about the other aspects of the film.
Very good movie. I like period films anyway, and this was orginial. :)
Agh...I was starved when I saw Collateral and then Jamie Foxx has to break out that sandwich and then....he doesn't bloody finish it!!! All that good food goes to waste!!! AGH! I almost gnawed me ears off.
I love this movie alot. Great acting and beautiful cinamatography.
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I liked this movie well enough, but I felt that Colin Firth's performance did not do his acting abilities justice. And I love Colin Firth. Shallow of me to say it, but he is the only reason I was eager to view this film in the first place.

Scarlett Johanssen was brilliant in her role of Griet, and I really felt moved by her character. I think that this movie tried to be artsy, and didn't do the best job. I may not be as moved as I might have been, had I not had super high expectations of the movie before watching it.

When will I ever learn?
Miracle (2004)
Very well-made sports movie. I wasn't really into hockey back in 1980, but even I was aware of the US "miracle on ice" when we defeated the seemingly-invincible Russian team. Kurt Russell's performance as coach Herb Brooks is right on. The hockey games are well done and very exciting.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
I thought this was a very well-made example of an unconventional romantic comedy. The theme of rebuilding someone's life after betrayal and heartbreak is treated with warmth and humor. Diane Lane has long been one of my favorite actresses, and she gives a very fine performance here, as does the whole supporting cast. It's beautifully filmed, especially in the subtle changes in the rundown villa, the rennovation of which is the extended metaphor for the rebuilding of Frances's life, something which is always present but never overwhelms the characters. I found it to be a very enjoyable film.