Woman in Gold, with Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany & Max Irons. Though I was prepared for a boring but important film this effort managed to convey excitement, combining the past & present. Highlighting art originally stolen from Jewish families in Europe by the Nazis & their reluctance to return the treasures to their rightful owners.
Mirren shines intensely as a descendent of one of old Europe’s Jewish families, campaigning to have a beautiful work of art along with a few others returned to her, it’s rightful owner. I believed her character & not once did I remember that she is British. Her humanity was apparent & the tendency to portray these people as super-human was avoided.
The film was a globe-trotting wonder, with a more than adequate performance by Reynolds as a family friend assisting her in the endeavor, from Los Angeles to Vienna. Reynolds’ Clark Kent character, a young lawyer conflicted with the monetary value of the art & the reality of ownership; was well done. A good actor.
I do recommend the film. It’s toggling back & forth from Nazi Austria to the present, exaggerating a simple flight from danger & the terror of a segment of a population targeted & reviled by its neighbors & friends, is admirable as a plot device.