Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Painted Veil

Last night I watched The Painted Veil (2006, starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton). Wow. It's a stunning film. The story, based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, takes place during a cholera epidemic in 1925 China, but it’s a timeless story and, with the outbreak of infectious disease angle, the film feels remarkably current. The cinematography and acting are superb and apart from some clunky editing the movie is altogether brilliant.

But what makes the film so striking to me is its honesty about life. The characters are flawed but real, multi-dimensional and struggling with misconceptions about others, a deep need to love and be loved, and a quiet urge to live a life that matters.

Watch this movie but don’t study it. Let it draw you in and wrap you up in its moments--both the painful ones and the redemptive ones. It does all that we could ask of a film: it entertains us as it reveals to us what being human really means.

3 comments:

Deseree said...

Have you read "The Shack" by William P. Young?

Checked out your tunes as well. You might enjoy Hawksley Workman - his music is yummy!

Steven James said...

I just ordered a copy of "The Shack."

Thanks for the tip.

Barbara said...

I'll be anxious to read your thoughts after you read The Shack. I've almost finished it....