DVD Review: 'The Woman in Gold'

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I have to admit, at first glance I wasn't entirely sold on this film. It looked okay but didn't seem like my kind of thing, something perhaps an 'older' audience would favour...I was seriously mistaken!

The premise of 'The Woman in Gold' is based on the true story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) and the legal campaign she embarks on to retrieve what is rightfully hers - the Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt. 

The painting was stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War, and now happens to be one of the most famous paintings in Austria, known as The Woman in Gold. There are several flashbacks to Nazi  Austria which serve as a cold and important reminder to the audience of why Maria must be persistent in her pursuit. 

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren have fantastic chemistry as the mismatched partnership of Maria Altmann and her lawyer Randy Schoenberg. The emotional damage is evident in Maria's refusal to ever set foot in Austria again, since the harrowing events she witnessed as a young woman . The audience really feels for her in those agonising moments, when she realises to be reunited with her aunt's portrait she has to overcome some demons of her own.

'The Woman in Gold' directed by Simon Curtis, was a heart-warming and charming retelling of Maria's story - and yes, at times a bit of a tearjerker. 

My rating: 8/10

The Woman in Gold is available on dvd now.

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