>The English Patient was the first movie I watched to kick-start my new project.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a huge fan of Ralph Fiennes. (I refuse to associate him with Voldemort in the Harry Potter films. He is way to handsome to play such an ugly character!!) The scenery was spectacular, as were the costumes.
The only part that bothered me a little was how long it was. It seemed to me that all of the action came towards the end and it was a little rushed. However, since it was adapted from a novel, I can understand the challenge in getting everything important to fit in. According to IMDB, the first cut was over 4 hours long!
Hana: There’s a man downstairs. He brought us eggs. He might stay.
Almásy: Why? Can he lay eggs?
Hana: He’s Canadian.
Almásy: Why are people so happy when they collide with someone from the same place? What happened in Montreal when you passed a man in the street? Did you invite him to live with you?
I think because I have felt the same way, even though, as Almásy so cleverly points out, it is kind of ridiculous. At Colby, whenever I met someone who was also from Vermont, I always got really excited, even though it’s pretty common considering Maine and Vermont are fairly close to one another geographically. While traveling abroad, I didn’t exactly get that excited when I met just anyone from the US, because that was pretty common, but if someone was from Northern New England it definitely made me feel closer to them. It’s something about being able to talk about certain things without having to explain the background or context to others who aren’t familiar. I imagine if I were fighting in a war, the feeling would be even more intense.
All in all, I understand why it won the Oscar for Best Picture. The story was touching, the acting was superb and when it ended I even felt happy and hopeful. I understand that that is not a prerequisite for being a “good film”, but I always appreciate when a movie has a positive spin at the end.