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Edition No. 89

Date:- 07 March 2003

Film Review:- The Hours


‘The Hours’ is a film which can be watched on several levels. The story lines are engrossing in themselves but there are deeper analytical notes underlying them. One has to concentrate to catch all the nuances and interconnections over the many time leaps. The film depicts the lives, in different eras of three women, all of whom face deep, personal and psychological problems. There are ingenious cross-links between them. One is Virginia Woolf (Julianne Moore) who is writing her novel, “Mrs Dalloway” but is smitten by repeated bouts of deep depression. Then Laura Brown (Nichole Kidman) is reading “Mrs Dalloway” in the 1940’s. She has a loving husband and a small son. All their lives are catastrophically changed because of the novel’s effects upon her. Laura Brown (Meryl Streep) is a modern-day “Mrs Dalloway” (her nickname), who, despite having a longstanding, female partner, also has a deep and enduring commitment to Richard, a gifted poet who is dying of Aids. All the main actors are well cast and convincing. This is an intriguing film. Enjoyable is scarcely the right word but is has great impact and, whilst not the most memorable film, it has much to commend it - well worth seeing. 

Cast credits. First credits only:- 

  • Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios, Michael Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, Colin Farrell as Bullseye, Jon Favreau as Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson, Joe Pantoliano as Ben Urich, David Keith as Jack Murdock, Scott Terra as Young Matt Murdock, Erick Avari as Ambassador Nikolaos Natchios, Coolio as Daunte Jackson, Ellen Pompeo as Karen Page, Kevin Smith as Jack Kirby (Lab Assistant), Frankie J. Allison as Abusive Father & Lennie Loftin as Detective Manolis 

  • Running Time:- 110 mins

  • Tagline:- "He is the man without fear..."

  • Directed by:- Mark Steven Johnson

Film Review by Patrick Trollope

 Certification for UK:-

Our verdict 4 stars out of five stars:-

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