The Four Feathers (DVD, 2003, Widescreen)
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- 239gingercheste...Mar 09, 2010by
long and dull
I bought this DVD because I belong to a book/movie club and the book of the month was the Victorian novel, The Four Feathers. The novel has been made into a movie some six or seven times, and the consensus was that we watch the most recent film, the one starring Heath Ledger. An unfortunate choice.
The best known interpretation remains the film by Alexander Korda. Made in the early days of technicolor, the Korda version had the pace and sweep of a true epoch, the trademark of that great director.
This latest film is waaay too long, and only bears a vague resemblance to the book. Unlike the Korda version, the plot wanders, the director has no clue as to the nature of English arisocracy, and much of the action borrows heavily from better films. Sadly, it reminds me of the famous line from Sunset Boulevard - the young man blurts out to Norma Desmond, "You used to be big!" and she replies, "I'm still big, it's the movies that are small."Read full review
- dakotabreezeFeb 13, 2010by
The Four Feathers
While I find the ending lines just a little weak for my taste, I so enjoy the rest of the movie, with its very good cinematography, intense emotions and the enchanting portrayal by Djimon Hounsou of a man with a very special set of values, I feel this more than makes up for the ending. This movie is a much better revelation of Heath Ledger's acting capabilities than the much-acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain." He shows a wide range of emotions and is so totally believable in this outrageously unlikely situation, that he makes it seem as though someone could actually manage to survive all the harrowing experiences his character exposes himself to in this movie. Wes Bentley, as Jack, is also a thoroughly likeable character. It touches my heart every time I hear his avowal of loyalty to his friend and, later, his speech about the realities of war.
I like this rendering of the story better than the earlier one that I have seen, though this one lacks the lighthearted humor of that one. This portrayal feels much more intense and riveting.Read full review
- carols2013Mar 03, 2008by
Contrition begets Redemption
There are things worse than death to fear. As one young man comes to grips with his own perceived cowardice and loss he finds himself forever challenging death to honor those he believes he failed. In what is an extraordinary and believable stream of events that would go beyond one imagination this story depics endurance and transformation. Your definition of hero could be altered by the conclusion of this film. One of Heath Ledger's most serious of roles. Perhaps the first to grip me and hold me hostage and make me believe the serious capacity of this now deceased actors' ability and depth.
- rpe1941Mar 09, 2012by
Superb Acting all around.
This was a great Movie Great acting on all Fronts.Especialy Heath Ledger and Michael Sheen.Jmon actor also.The setting was ideal.It told you how it was and how it still is .In the Middle East!
- kileylm9Dec 10, 2010by
love this movie
This movie instantly become a favorite of mine. One time through and I was hooked. I have watched it several times since then and I love it more and more each time. It is a good depiction of real life scenarios and emotions.