Hemingway & Gellhorn
(2012) With most of the action taking place during the World War II years, this HBO production is the story of Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.
This weekend we somehow had access to HBO. When I checked out their movies I was immediately attracted to this one. After all, much of it takes place during World War II. The two main leads are played by Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. How good is that? Martha Gellhorn, I learned, has been called one of the greatest of the war correspondents. This, I thought, will be a winner.
Well, it’s a bad sign when I begin reaching for the fast forward button. I did want to learn more about what Spain went through during those years but the storyline was hard to follow. This name, that name. I needed a nearby google to put it all together.
I appreciated the fact that the actors were integrated into archival footage. The switching back and forth from sepia to half color to color was a little distracting. Maybe I paid more attention to the technique than to what was actually happening but on the whole those scenes were, to me, the most real.
I didn’t like either Hem or Her. She said to Hem, “I adore you,” but I didn’t believe it. All he wanted to do was to <I can’t say the word> her in almost-public places. Perhaps it was a reach to turn Hemingway into a likable person but I did want them to like each other.