Could of sworn i reviewed and rated this film 3 separate times already...speaking of which, I'm still pissed off at this site for when it went full blown "MUBI" and in doing so somehow ended up deleting around 250 of my reviews and ratings... Anyways go and watch this film for Kate Winslet's brave,committed & very moving performance alone. She is one of- if not thee best (english speaking) actress of her generation.
This being Oscar season, I thought I'd review my least favourite Oscar nominee for Best Picture, and that is this movie. Kate Winslet's performance aside (she was great), this movie is a shallow, pretentious, dispassionate, boring, and a forgettable Oscar-baiting historical drama at its very worst. If you want a caricatured outline of how your movie can attract major awards, look no further than The Reader.
The sweetness of how such a tragic story is told provokes a certain torment towards the series of facts taking course. It could everything have been just a love story between a woman and a student of law, if it wasn't for the fact that it is interrupted by the moment of war closure and its consequences, as the simplicity of truth comes up.
The pseudo-intellectual mumbo-jumbo the film exudes, cleverly disguises its hollow and empty premise. It embraces irrelevance and glosses over relevance. Had it not been for standout performances from Winslet, Fiennes and Kross, there would've been absolutely no reason to praise the movie. The Reader doesn't just fail as a character study but it also fails in being a meaningful film.