The Hours (2002)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ed Harris, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson, Toni Collette, Jeff Daniels, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Claire Danes

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Pg-13. 114 mins

A very heavy and compelling drama that isn’t afraid to discuss some tough issues. The film spans a period of 80 years and involves three women (one being Virginia Woolf) who are all linked by her work and all experiencing a crises. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham,  the screenplay has been beautifully written by David Hare and though it doesn’t quite compare to the novel, the tremendous acting here really delivers. We spend the entire film simply watching people talk to each other and yet the experience is so engrossing that we can’t help but be transported into each of these women’s lives. Though a male audience might cry ‘female victimization’ because of the feminist tone, I feel that it’s hard to ignore the messages here, even if they are a bit hard-hitting and self-important at times. The Hours is a bold and delicate story that will stay with you for years, especially if these experiences hit close to home. And yes, Kidman’s performance as Virginia Woolf really is as great as you’ve heard – * * * * 1/2

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