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ABC Film Challenge – Catch Up 2020 – G – The Goldfinch (2019) Movie Thoughts


Director: John Crowley

Writer: Peter Straughan (Screenplay) Donna Tartt (Novel)

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson

Plot: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tagline – The Story of a Stolen Life
Runtime: 2 Hours 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Bland

Story: The Goldfinch starts when Theo Decker (Fegley) loses his mother in an explosion, leaving him nobody in his life, he suggests the Barbour household, Mother (Kidman) to take him in, a wealthy family on the upper east side of Manhattan, until his estranged father Larry (Wilson) and his new girlfriend Xandra (Paulson) in the middle of nowhere.

When Theo (Elgort) grows up, he returns to Hobie (Wright) to work with in in art dealing, which brings him back to his younger life with and friendship with Boris (Wolfhard).

Thoughts on The Goldfinch

Final ThoughtsWell, where do we start with this one, let’s be honest, we get one of the most bland, uninspiring story that seems to spend more time trying to make us feel sorry for a young boy who lost his mother in an explosion and grew up in a life he never saw coming, becoming one of the most foremost art dealers in the city. Well nothing really seems to happen in this film, it just seems to be about what could have been, not blaming ones self for an incident out of their control and some form of iffy dealing going on. The performances aren’t bad, they just don’t seem to have much to work with, ending up being flat more than bad and by the end you will feel like you did waste your time watching this.

Overall: Slow and Dull.

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