|United Artists | Release Date: December 29, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Stark, haunting, epic, and mournful, The Claim is a mountain of a film.
I liked The Claim -- as much for its stark visual beauty and impassioned performances as its intelligent script and willingness to probe the tragic side of life.
Winterbottom also has the insight to share the novelist's suggestion that landscape can reflect and, to a degree, even shape character.
The actors seem as frozen as the landscape in this unsuccessful attempt at a grand and profound Western about the California Gold Rush.
Aside from an uninspired script by Frank Cotrell Boyce, is that none of the assembled actors really has enough star presence to compete with the sheer spectacle.
Despite the film's impressively epic look and an interesting cast of young and old actors, it ringingly sounds the same dour note over and over again.
Comes to the screen missing subtle cues and crucial connections.
I can’t imagine why anyone would plunge ahead with this project -- an adaptation of a classic no one reads, about characters no one could care about, directed by a filmmaker of little talent and less success.
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