Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
3.19

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look42.31%
Just Average: 34.62%
Pretty Crappy: 23.08%
Sucks: 0%

3 reviews, 8 user ratings


Latest Reviews

Wonder Wheel by Peter Sobczynski

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Rob Gonsalves

Swindlers, The by Jay Seaver

Oro (Gold) by Jay Seaver

Disaster Artist, The by Peter Sobczynski

Explosion by Jay Seaver

Lucky (2017) by Rob Gonsalves

Breadwinner, The by Jay Seaver

Endless, The by Jay Seaver

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Rob Gonsalves

subscribe to this feed


Charlotte Gray
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by EricDSnider

"Charlotte Gray is as drab as its title."
3 stars

It's rare that using the protagonist's name for the movie's title is the best choice. Usually, it just seems like a cop-out, like you were too lazy to come up with a title that actually describes the movie. With "Charlotte Gray," however, it works perfectly. The movie is as detached and unmemorable as its title. What does the title tell you? Nothing. What does the movie tell you? Nothing.

It is, alas, very well-acted, by Cate Blanchett in the title role first and foremost, but among the supporting roles, too. Charlotte is a Scottish woman who speaks perfect French and works in London during World War II. She meets and falls in love with a polite soldier named Peter (Rupert Penry-Jones), and she is devastated to learn, a few weeks later, that his plane has gone down over France.

Eager to help the war effort as well as to find her sweetheart, she volunteers to join the Resistance. She's given a secret identity and a job as a courier for the good guys, then parachuted into France. She meets Julien (Billy Crudup), an idealistic communist, and lives with Julien's gruff father (Michael Gambon). She also comes to be acting nanny for two Jewish children whose parents have been sent to the camps.

In the midst of all this, she occasionally looks for Peter, though considering how pivotal that point was in getting her to France, it's strange how little attention is paid to it once she's there. Instead, she helps Julien with various missions and tries to convince the Jewish kids that their parents are still alive.

As mentioned, the acting is fluent on all sides. The director, Gillian Armstrong, assembled a fine cast, and her cinematographer, Dion Beebe, does beautiful work with the pastoral French countrysides.

It is the script, then, by Jeremy Brock (based on Sebastian Faulks' novel), that is the problem. Very little of the story is believable, but it's told the same way that based-on-true-story war movies are. In other words, it doesn't seem to know how ridiculous it is -- a fatal flaw for such a serious movie.

There is also curiously little emotion. The movie doesn't exactly plod, but it's clearly in no hurry to get where it's going, either. An hour or so in, I was unsure why I was still watching. If the film doesn't have any sense of urgency about accomplishing its goals, why should I?

link directly to this review at http://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=5687&reviewer=247
originally posted: 02/07/02 16:49:49
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

8/16/05 tatum Shows the French weren't a bunch of cowards 4 stars
11/24/04 R.W. Welch Actually a pretty fair French resistance story but played a shade heavy. 3 stars
11/21/03 Jinnvisible Beautifull location photography , subtle and well acted. 4 stars
5/16/03 George Jung Nothing special. 3 stars
3/27/03 Ionicera they speak the king's english in france 3 stars
3/12/03 Shadaan Good enough ! 4 stars
8/21/02 Phil M. Aficionado Good cast, beautifully filmed and scored, decent story 4 stars
6/10/02 Matthew Smith a tense and beautifully made period film 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  28-Dec-2001 (PG-13)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  30-May-2002




Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast