The Reader

In “The Reader,” Kate Winslet is a woman with a dark secret. Two of them, actually.

Set in Germany in a period spanning the late ’50s to the early ’90s, the first 30-40 minutes involved a lot of the delectable Ms. Winslet getting naked with a much younger man. I was thinking that perhaps the title should have been “Die Sommerzeit das 57.” But all of a sudden the movie takes a seriously dark turn, and the remainder is a tour through a sea of ambiguity.

We talked through some of the issues at length afterward — and I suppose any movie that makes you think that hard is worthwhile — but I am still at a loss as to what to think about her character and what she had done. There was something about the conclusion, however, was quite a bit short of satisfying. It felt like a cheap way out.

It’s up for a slew of Oscars, though I’d be amazed if it were anyone’s idea of a “best picture.” It was very good, and well made and all, but in the end not quite there.

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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