Is “Woman in Gold” the gold standard? Home Video Popcorn Bag review!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- It look's like it's time for a movie night or maybe not. FOX 4 film critic breaks down the latest at home video releases.

 

1) WOMAN IN GOLD (PG-13)

The Weinstein Company

Dame Helen Mirren can do no wrong. This is especially important with a movie like "Woman in Gold." Her golden performance is the main attraction of an otherwise lackluster movie.

This film should have been riveting. It tells the amazing true story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish woman who fled Austria during WWII. Sixty years later, living in America, she sued the Austrian government for the return of her family's property stolen by the Nazis. Among the items was a painting of her aunt, Gustav Klimt's $135 million masterpiece, "Woman in Gold."

This astounding David vs. Goliath tale is never as compelling as it should be. Tatiana Maslany from TV's "Orphan Black" plays Maria in some interesting WWII flashback sequences, but Ryan Reynolds leaves something to be desired as Maria's insecure lawyer.

The screenplay is perfunctory and the direction merely adequate, but the engrossing story behind "Woman in Gold"...and the chance to watch Mirren at work...help make up for its weaknesses.

Shawn says, "All the elements are there but they never quite come together."

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

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