This is more than a review, this is Movie Approval.
I watched, for the upteenth time, A Good Woman. That is my kind of film. I can find no flaw. The setting is beautiful; the casting is perfect; the acting is admirable; the story is entertaining; the music is supportive; and the script is perfect. It evokes a charming time and place with an interesting little love story.
The film is the cinema adaption of Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windemerre’s Fan. The play takes place in a London house, whereas the film has been moved to the scenic Amalfi Coast of Italy. The time has moved from late 19th century to the 1930’s. Both moves only improved the original. The screenwriter has taken the best of Wilde’s wit and chocked the film full of great one liners. I thought about putting them to “paper”, but this post would become endless.
Well-known cast members are Helen Hunt (of Mad About You fame, which is more important to me than her Oscar role); Tom Wilkinson (who I did not know of before, but now recognize); and everyone’s favorite (except me), Scarlet Johansson. The remaining cast is not known to me, but each is perfect in the role assigned. There are some great characters.
For me, this is the perfect movie.
NB. Afterwards, I started to watch No Strings Attached, but stopped after a few minutes. It was too stupid. This is a prime example of dumb movie. I do not understand how Natalie Portman could accept such a role. She must have needed the money. Of course, Anton Kutscher plays only in such shallow tripe. I did not waste my time and highly recommend that no one else does.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.