Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Shadowlands


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 6/8/2015

TITLE: Shadowlands

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 12 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 28.7 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1908.1 miles

SYNOPSIS: The adult life of the English author C.S. Lewis (The Narnia Books) is chronicled, from his life as an Oxford dean to his eventual widowhood.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: We can’t lock ourselves away and expect that no one will ever hurt us.  Life is all about the pleasure and the pain, you can’t have one without the other.

PROS AND CONS: A good film.  It is engrossing to watch if nothing else than for it’s authentic period piece feel.  The best part of the film for me was being able to stroll the grounds of Oxford in the 1950s.  My god what a gorgeous place.  

That said, the acting was a bit on the reserved side.  Debra Winger never quite clicked as the American divorcee and Hopkins was doing his low key Hannibal Lecter as the repressed dean.

While the movie was interesting and had a very good core plot regarding alienation and taking risks to find ourselves, however the film never quite clicked.  I felt little empathy for either of the main characters and while there is a happy ending, it is a long time in coming.  


To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.