Melodrama about a Holocaust survivor. Depiction alone bound to draw prejudice about the films' potential value. And then the beginning, conservative even for standards of hardboiled classical Hollywood. But as Kline presents his talents to cinema industry and directing evolves from "literary realism" to "modern semi-documentary", the film gets distressingly complex, questioning in the end the very nature of reality.
Streep was delightful but otherwise, I found the whole thing utterly insipid. Kline's performance felt over the top even though he was playing a cokehead. And also... am I the only one who thinks that Stingo was definitely the inspiration for Denny in "The Room"? He never says it but I could hear him thinking "I just like to watch you, guys".
"This was not judgment day. Only morning." I haven't read Styron's novel, but I suspect it succeeds where this adaptation doesn't. The film wants to be a tragic romance, a Holocaust tale, the story of a writer's coming of age, a parable of some sort, a depiction of mental illness, and it sort of fails at all of those. The wins here are Streep's performance and the flashback cinematography. 3.5 stars
WHAT WAS SOPHIE'S CHOICE?! just kidding. i love peter macniccol in anything, and he absolutely glows as the charming, blushing lead from the south, stingo. meryl streep is captivating. she's really magical onscreen as sophie. you get lost in her character's fragility and fickleness.
Irritating. Had to sort out my thoughts. I had mixed feelings how to judge. This is a play rather than a movie. And this is a tragedy rather than a drama. The story unfolds very slowly. Too slowly. Therefore it becomes boring. The end, after more than 2 hrs is packed with surprises, explanations & daramatic elements. Too late. Pakula is in a twist between "victims of Nazi's" and "ill-fated love". Wasted potential.
È un film pesante ed incompleto,che impiega parecchio tempo per arrivare al nocciolo e rimane un melodrammone con un messaggio non sfruttato appieno,ma la clamorosa interpretazione della Streep e la saggezza e sensibilità di Pakula innalzano senza dubbio il tutto.Sono quei film che non ti convicono in piano,ma ti toccano alla grandissima
I found the modern aspect of the story a lot less engaging than Sophie's past, and Stingo's character was fairly dull. I need not really say that Meryl Streep is incredible in her role as Sophie and I can't believe she learnt German and Polish just for the part. 3.5 stars
It goes without saying that Meryl Streep gives a great performance, but as I cataloged the annoyances of this one—achingly emphatic music cues, overwritten voiceover for an underwritten character, period detail done in unimaginative "literary" realism—I realized that all of my least favorite things about Oscar season have been with us for 30 years. Doesn't leave me optimistic for the next 30. 3 out of 5 stars.
Or a vast majority here became cynical and snob or some are blinded to the point of not seeing any possible qualities it has. Love the book, like the film, and enjoy the performances all the way. The only problem with the film is the pacing at some parts due to fact of its play treatment. One of 1980's greatest ahievements.
The scene where she makes her "choice" is one of the greatest moments of acting in the history of cinema, male or female. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is absolute garbage, with a cutesy dopey narration track that is beyond irritating. Kevin Kline seemed to be getting in some early practice for "A Fish Called Wanda", and Peter MacNicol has a smarmy face just begging for a slap. Only Streep keeps it from 1 star.