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The Goldfinch. 2019. Nicole Kidman
Rotton Tomatoes rating of 24%. Why I do not know.
Google rating, 86% of viewers like the movie.
[b]I found it very watchable.[/b]
[b]Plugged In Review[/b]
"Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch feels like something that deserves some considered attention—much like the Dutch Golden Age painting at its core.
This deftly crafted film from director John Crowley flips back-and-forth through the pages of its young protagonist’s life, dramatically unpacking its underlying themes of desperation and hope.
Ultimately, The Goldfinch weaves together its seemingly disparate story threads just like a good novel would.
Along the way, it raises thoughtful questions about whether anything good can arise from the ashes of punishing destruction.
In printed form, that sort of story could be compelling indeed. But watching all of those punishing images flashed up on a screen is difficult.
Physical abuse, heavy drinking and drug use, murder and attempted suicide are hard to stomach. And when you paint abused adolescents into that same troubling tableau, that’s doubly true.
This picture may be artful, but it’s far too dark to really enjoy."

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