Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Clint Eastwood Movie #10

Synopsis: Clint Eastwood romances lonely Iowa housewife in the mid-1960s. They laugh; they cry; they share intimate moments, and... um... sooner or later, Clint is going to ice a bad guy, right? ... Right?!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “World-travelling National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid and Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson aren’t looking to turn their lives upside down. Each is at a point in life where expectations are behind them. Yet four days after meeting, they don’t want to lose the love they’ve found.”

What Did I Learn?: If, after years of searching, you finally meet your true solemate, and he/she presents you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for true happiness, for love of God, DON’T TAKE IT! 

Really?: Wow... Francesca’s son is rather thick-headed, isn’t he?

Rating: The Bridges of Madison County is a beautiful, haunting, and incredibly moving drama featuring fine performances from both Eastwood and Meryl Streep. My only complaint would be that the present-day scenes with Annie Corley and Victor Slezak as Francesca’s now-adult children don’t exactly fit with the rest of the film, and seem to be taken from a TV movie-of-the-week. Still, Highly Recommended. 9/10 stars.


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