The Railway ManJonathan Teplitzky + The Railway Man
- Director (s):
- Jonathan Teplitzky
- Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth
This based on a true story about and stars Colin Firth, as Eric Lomax, who we don’t know much about at the beginning, Stellan Skarsgård plays someone else we don’t know much about at the beginning, and Colin turns out to be fascinated railroads. He meets Nicole Kidman, who turns out to be a dowdy spinster that he falls in love with, and the rest of the movie goes between their relationship that’s current and flashbacks. It turns out that this is war story that’s based on prisoner of war, the only false note in this is, at one point Nicole kisses Colin says this is the first time I’ve kissed a man with a mustache, and the last time. Colin, who is now smitten by her, says, well what if I shave it off? This is false note, I can’t imagine anyone saying after the first kiss, “I need you to shave that mustache off.” It turns that in the final part of the movie, they show the real Eric Lomax, who has a mustache, so I don’t know why they did that. This is a movie, that by various turns, is horrifying. It turns out that Americans did not invent waterboarding, and while its fairly well known that there was barbarism during WWII, this at least goes some of the way to explain why. And in the final analysis, it is a really extraordinary story about incredible cruelty and incredible kindness, and it makes you believe in forgivness and the human spirit with a terrific cast, 4 stars.