The Painted Veil


Review: Set in the 1920’s, an English couple relocate to Hong Kong where he fights a cholera epidemic. They marry hastily but find that they betray each other easily. While on the journey they find redemption and happiness while on their deadly journey.
Director: John Curran
Actors: Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Sally Hawkins, Juliet Howland and Toby Jones
Year: 2006
Genre: Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 3/5
This is the third movie adaptation of W Somerset Maugham’s classic novel. I enjoyed the performances from both Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. I felt that they didn’t over play their characters but played them very subtly. Edward Norton personally recruited Naomi Watts for her role in this movie and I think that helped on screen with the chemistry. You could see that they both got on with each other and wanted to work together. Edward Norton injured his back and broke three of his vertebraes after his horse threw him onto some rocks. Sally Hawkins had filmed all her scenes for this film but then were cut from the final film. The best performance was from the amazing Toby Jones who in my eyes can do no wrong. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2007 this won one award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Alexandre Desplat).


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