The Reader

The Reader

What he said:


The Reader This is essentially two movies. The first one is about an affair between a 15-year old boy and an older woman. The second is about that woman being put on trial for her involvement in some Nazi-related activities.

I realize the first part was meant to serve as backstory for the rest of the movie, but it was really executed very poorly imo.The pace of story was really bad imo. It felt too rushed and as a result came off as a little unbelievable to me. There was just no substance there.

Once the movie got going, I thought it was a pretty good film that dealt with some really difficult subject matter. It will make you question things that (most of us) feel are unquestionable. It really makes you think about it.

But when a movie takes 45 minutes to get going, that is huge problem for me.That is a long time to sit around and wait for something to happen.

Rating: Thumbs half up.

This review was completed on July 19, 2010

What she said:


You really have to hang in there for this movie. You might find the first 1/2 hour to 45 minutes boring, but it builds a backstory that you come to appreciate. It shows how important Kate Winslet's character was to the boy.

You'll feel the movie shift at a certain point, and that's when things start to get really interesting. The film brings up a variety of interesting themes. We deal with great first loves, and love lost. In addition to that, this movie is set post-WWII in Germany, a time when every citizen, whether they were involved in the war or not, was dealing with its aftermath. This film approaches the issue of German guilt, and how far that extends. It even shows how the war affected the generation born after the war.

I think that those were really the ideas that I found most interesting about this movie. Overall, the film is well acted, and the story is interesting. The first half hour is awkward/boring at times, but if you can survive it, the payoff will be big.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up