ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Love and war in Cold Mountain
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renée Zellweger
By Ashley Audrain
Miramax Films 2003
SHE’LL BE COMIN’ ’ROUND THE MOUNTAIN WHEN SHE COMES.
She’ll be comin’ ’round the mountain, she’ll be
comin’ ’round the mountain, she’ll be comin’ round
the mountain... with a gun.
There’s nothing like a rough Civil War epic film to make you loathe
our pretty-faced spoiled society where war is just another buzzword. Cold Mountain,
based on the novel by Charles Frazier, is the true story of a young Confederate
soldier’s journey through the American south back to Cold Mountain, where
a woeful Ava Monroe (Kidman) awaits his return. The film follows Inman (Law)
through his escape from a war he no longer believes in, while a lonely Ava
struggles to survive in what remains of her war-torn home.
This film is beautifully produced and its 155 minutes are generally compelling
to watch. However, the characters are undeniably frustrating: Kidman can’t
shake her pristine Hollywood image, which discredits her desolate character.
While Law is unquestionably talented in his role, but his chemistry with Kidman
is not. The two strangers merely share a few dozen words before Inman is sent
to war, while audiences are expected to believe their undying love keeps them
There is an incredible supporting cast that should have seen more screen time:
Zellweger plays Kidman’s farm hand and Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Inman’s
eccentric temporary travel companion. Regardless, this film is worth the history
lesson and sense of compassion rarely seen on the big screen.