Saturday, 10 December 2011

The 8 Words of Ash - The Hours

The Hours is a 2002 drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title by Michael Cunningham.

The plot focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Among them are Clarissa Vaughan (Streep), a New Yorker preparing an award party for her AIDS-stricken long-time friend and poet, Richard (Harris) in 2001; Laura Brown (Moore), a pregnant 1950s California housewife with a young boy and an unhappy marriage; and Virginia Woolf herself (Kidman) in 1920s England, who is struggling with depression and mental illness whilst trying to write her novel. So, what did Ashley think?

Wasn't paying attention, what does that say then?!

Indeed, it says it all. The film was probably best known for Kidman’s prosthetic nose. Ironically she no longer seems to have a real one of her own as her face continues it’s magical morph into that of a Michael Jackson style pixie. Kidman won an Oscar for her role as the film found critical acclaim and made a massive profit at the box office. Since The Hours Daldry has gone on to Direct Kate Winslet to an Oscar for her role in The Reader. His next outing is the adaptation of 9/11 novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”.

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