The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

John Crowley (2019)

149min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Designed as an awards magnet, The Goldfinch just goes to show that a great pedigree doesn't always make a great movie. Based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and starring Nicole Kidman, this adaptation from director John Crowley (Brooklyn) charts the random life of Theo, a young New Yorker orphaned by a museum bomb. Befriended by a wealthy family, he's then claimed by his estranged father (Luke Wilson), who promptly plunks the lad in the Nevada desert with a Russian ne'er-do-well (Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard). It's lusciously shot by master lensman Roger Deakins, but the sparks of a great film soon sink into a slurry of slow exposition, sketchy tangents and so-what events. Theo's education in antique furniture restoration by Greenwich Village dealer "Hobie" Hobart (the exquisite Jeffrey Wright) is fascinating and The Goldfinch's second half is arguably better than its first. At least, Oakes Fegley and Ansel Elgort both shine in the leading role of Theo, but you can't escape the feeling that we're missing something here... genuine feelings, perhaps?

Cast & Crew

Theodore "Theo" Decker Ansel Elgort
Xandra Sarah Paulson
Mrs Barbour Nicole Kidman
Boris Pavlikovsky Aneurin Barnard
Larry Decker Luke Wilson
Young Theodore Decker Oakes Fegley
Young Boris Finn Wolfhard
James "Hobie" Hobart Jeffrey Wright
Pippa Ashleigh Cummings
Lucius Reeve Denis O'Hare
Kitsey Barbour Willa Fitzgerald
Director John Crowley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Swearing, drug abuseReleased on: 27 Sep 2019