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Captain Corellis Mandolin Why it took four major production entities- Universal Studio Canal Miramax and Working Title- to turn that admired novel into a phlegmatic middlebrow romantic drama so stodgy that even the goats look bored How John Madden the same director who brought Shakespeare in Loveto life could have been responsible for this comatose effort how star Penelope Cruz manages to emerge unscathed like some cinematic Wonder Woman from the wreckage of film after film That is what Kenneth Turan Times Film Critic had to say about Captain Corellis Mandolin The movie was based on a Louis de Bernires best-selling tale of love and war I did not know what to expect when I went to see this movie I had read various unfavorable reviews While certainly not an Oscar winning film it was not anywhere as bad as the reviewers said I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie It is long but keeps the audience attention throughout John Hurt turns in an excellent performance as does Christian Bale Nicolas Cage could have used a little more help with the Italian accent I believe Capt Corellis Mandolin has suffered the same disease as the British Tourist Industry did over Hoof Mouth disease The press blew it clear out of proportion Turan Times Film Critic said A film without a true note an undemanding picture-postcard production heavy with I dont know how to say what I fell inside dialogue from screenwriter Shawn Slovo Things do improve in the films more dramatic final third when the war gets closer and unpleasant things start to happen but the production never loses its quality of exasperating bogusness Poor reviews such as this have emptied the theaters around here This is a good movie that actually has a story and character development instead of just special effects and it is unfair to criticize a great work in such an unrelenting manner This film
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