Posted by: greercn | April 13, 2015

Woman In Gold

“Woman In Gold” has flaws, but it’s still an engrossing true story that provokes the viewer to feel the tension and drama. Facts have been changed, despite the real events being more interesting than the screen version of events.

That’s probably done to make the emotions more manageable. I suspect I have a little swastika-movie fatigue syndrome, but I still cried twice, despite knowing what happened next. Art is an important part of my life and Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele” is a very beautiful and famous painting.

Helen Mirren looks nothing like Maria Altmann but that’s forgotten in minutes. And Ryan Reynolds brings a great deal of substance and style to Randol Schoenberg’s lawyer character.

Tatiana Maslany’s young Maria Altmann is incredibly moving. Daniel Bruel and Antje Traue stand out in key roles.

Director Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn”) and co-writer Alexi Kaye Campbell create a great energy and superb lines and the pace never flags.

This is an important movie about art theft and the battle through the courts to get restitution. “Adele” is Adele Bloch-Bauer, Maria’s aunt and the normal family life – albeit one that could afford commissioning Klimt paintings – is beautifully done.

Similarities to “The Monuments Men” and “Portrait of Wally” abound. Even if you’re utterly fed up with World War 2 movies, you’ll find a great deal to enjoy here.

My friend and I enjoyed it and were touched by it. All of the Stratford East Picturehouse audience loved it.

Prepare to be quite affected by this. It’s an important film that should be seen by everyone.



  1. Though Mirren and Reynolds seemed to be trying here, I mostly felt bored and uninterested by this movie. Especially as it continued to get more and more sappy. Nice review Greer.

    • Each to their own! Thanks for the comment and I may be in a minority here, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe I have a higher tolerance for sappy?

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