About the Post

Author Information

I'm not a film critic, but I'll tell you what I think about the movies I watch. I enjoy understanding the history behind the movies we watch, as well as the collaborative effort necessary to produce movies.

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain 1Cold Mountain (2003)

Directed by Anthony Minghella

Based on the book by Charles Frazier

Screenplay by Anthony Minghella

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renée Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ray Winstone, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi

When the Civil War breaks out, the people of Cold Mountain soon see the young men head off to fight for the Confederacy. This includes Inman (Law) who has begun to fall for the daughter of the preacher, Ada Monroe (Kidman). Now he holds onto her photo and her promise as he immerses himself in the horrors of war. After deserting, Inman begins the journey back to Ada and Cold Mountain. Meanwhile, Cold Mountain has fallen under the cloud of war and the terrorizing efforts of the Home Guard. Led by Teague (Winstone), this group searches out deserters and forces their will on everyone in the community. Ada and her new housemate (Zellweger) are soon forced to take a stand against these evil men.  As Inman continues to search for a way home, he’s needed more than ever to save Ada and the other innocent people in Cold Mountain.

Cold Mountain 5This film was taken from the novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (Climbing Cold Mountain). Director Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley) took on the story, writing the screenplay and directing the film. The movie stars a huge cast of talented actors, starting with Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy) and Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). The film also features Renée Zellweger (Chicago), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Moneyball), Ray Winstone (The Proposition), Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), and Giovanni Ribisi (Ted). As both a commercial and critical success, the film earned a number of awards including seven Oscar nominations. The film was nominated for Best Leading Actor (Law), and Best Supporting Actress (Zellweger). Renée Zellweger took home the Oscar, the only win for this film. In addition to these nominations, the film was also nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. The other two nominations came for Best Original Song. These nominations came for the songs, Scarlet Tide and You Will Be My Ain True Love.

Cold Mountain 8The movie works on the idea that more is lost in war than can be measured on the battlefield. This is nicely communicated through the writing done by Anthony Minghella. The story is epic in scale and seems to draw out the worst of the characters. Thankfully, this story also seeks to find the redemptive qualities in some of the characters. This allows the story to also look at the things worth saving during a time of war and loss. The story doesn’t flinch from accepting the pain and suffering of the characters. Additionally, the movie doesn’t try to find anything noble about the death and destruction. The weakness of this story comes when the story loses focus. Throughout the film there are moments that seem to stray a bit further from the main story than necessary. This isn’t anything awful, but it does slow the pace of the movie. Overall, this is a nicely written screenplay.

Cold Mountain 2The acting in this one is pretty good also. Nicole Kidman and Jude Law do a nice job leading the way with this one. Between the two of them there are a lot of emotional moments that could have made or broken this movie. More often than not the stars succeeded in making these moments work. Renée Zellweger does an excellent job with her role in this one. She was definitely deserving of her Oscar after putting together a heartfelt performance that could have easily come off as corny or comical. Small, but wonderful performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Giovanni Ribisi, Natalie Portman, and Charlie Hunnam make this movie wonderful to watch. Finally, the film would’ve suffered without a good villain. Ray Winstone fills that role with a powerful performance that is both disturbing and deep. The actors did a good job in this war epic.

Cold Mountain 6The visuals and the music cannot be ignored in this one. The score, as well as two original songs, earned Oscar nominations. The music seems to accent the drama and emotion nicely. From the love scenes to the battlefield, the score is a powerful addition to the movie. The score also underlines the impressive visuals in this movie. The cinematography is beautifully done and captures the many different scenes nicely. The locations chosen to film this movie were nicely chosen as well. The costuming, set design, and visual effects all come together nicely. Overall, this movie does an excellent job from every aspect of the visuals.

Cold Mountain 4This is a good movie that will appeal to fans of war films or epic drama. I would also recommend this to fans of any of the actors mentioned above. The pace can be slow at times, but this is also due to the gritty emotional content in the movie. The violence is intense and the emotions run high throughout this one, so it might not be for everyone. I give this one 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Rating: R

Running Time: 154 Minutes


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Cold Mountain | Tinseltown Times - June 19, 2014

    […] Read more here: Cold Mountain […]


  2. Sherlock Holmes | Did You See That One? - August 4, 2014

    […] features a number of talented actors beginning with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3) and Jude Law (Cold Mountain). In addition, the movie features Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris), Mark Strong (Zero Dark […]


  3. New York, I Love You | Did You See That One? - August 17, 2014

    […] Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World), Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven), and Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain) to name a few. This all-star cast includes Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Hayden Christensen, […]


  4. Public Enemies | Did You See That One? - August 18, 2014

    […] This movie is loosely based on the book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the F.B.I. 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough. The screenplay was written by Ronan Bennett (The Break), Ann Biderman (Primal Fear), and Michael Mann. Oscar nominee Michael Mann (The Last of the Mohicans) also directed this film. The cast features a number of award-winning actors including Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises), Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco), and Marion Cotillard (Midnight in Paris). In addition the cast includes Channing Tatum (Haywire), Carey Mulligan (Drive), and Giovanni Ribisi (Cold Mountain). […]


  5. Remember the Titans | Did You See That One? - November 7, 2014

    […] Also featured are Wood Harris (Dredd), Ryan Hurst (Saving Private Ryan), Ethan Suplee (Cold Mountain), Ryan Gosling (Drive), and Donald Faison […]


  6. Bridget Jones’s Diary | Did You See That One? - January 27, 2015

    […] was directed by Sharon Maguire (Incendiary). The cast for this film includes Renée Zellweger (Cold Mountain), Hugh Grant (About a Boy), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter […]


  7. The English Patient | Did You See That One? - March 15, 2015

    […] also creates more intimate moments between the characters. Cinematographer John Seale (Cold Mountain) won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on this one. The costuming and set […]


  8. The Emperor’s New Groove | Did You See That One? - July 9, 2015

    […] the story. The movie also features a number of nice songs that play well with the themes. Sting (Cold Mountain) and David Hartley (In Bruges) were nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for “My […]


  9. The Other Sister | Did You See That One? - July 30, 2015

    […] She’s joined by Juliette Lewis (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?), Giovanni Ribisi (Cold Mountain), Tom Skerritt (Ted), and Hector Elizondo (Runaway […]


  10. Avatar | Did You See That One? - August 9, 2015

    […] Following a string of documentaries, director James Cameron (Titanic) got back to fiction with this science fiction film. Cameron both wrote and directed the film, which would later become the top grossing movie of all-time. The movie would go on to be nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The movie stars Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sigourney Weaver (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Stephen Lang (Public Enemies), and Giovanni Ribisi (Cold Mountain). […]


  11. Crimson Peak | Did You See That One? - October 23, 2015

    […] This gothic horror film was written by Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) and Guillermo del Toro (Cronos). Guillermo del Toro also directed this one. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris), Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year), and Charlie Hunnam (Cold Mountain). […]


  12. Jim: The James Foley Story | Did You See That One? - February 25, 2017

    […] for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Empty Chair”, written by Sting (Cold Mountain) and J. Ralph (Chasing […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: