Forks – Gone With the Wind (Movie Review)
Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Great Bazaar is quickly becoming a cult film. Based on the book by Thomas Keneally, The Great Bazaar depicts the epicenter of the post-war shopping fever in Australia. With an all star cast headed by Steve McQueen, The Great Bazaar follows the exploits of two young brothers, Ben and Bobby (Martin Sheen and Kevin Dunn), who pursue their dream of owning an enormous food chain. With an ensemble cast that includes Jamie Fox, ilda Szczesny, Alexander Gould and Emmannuel Chriqi The film has set box office records in many countries.
Once upon a time there was a beautiful land called Ooty. On this beautiful place there lived a princess who had inherited it after her parents were murdered by pirates. Her brother, Bobby (George Clooney) who desperately wanted to protect his beloved sister from harm, hired a local Cartagena chef, Fernand De La Roca (Martine Diomedey), to build the perfect restaurant. However, the plan went disastrous as Bobby’s restaurant started to go out of business and he soon faced financial ruin.
Now out of options, the stubborn Princess (Sacha Baron Cohen) ordered a carton of French wine and a posh sit down restaurant for herself. To add to her lavishness, she insisted that she be served with the finest ingredients and wines imaginable. To make matters worse, she insisted that Bobby wash his own clothes at home. With a lot of hubbub going on, it was only when the food arrived that everyone realised that the Parisian chef was in fact, a native Ooty villager.
In the midst of all this, King John (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ordered a joint commission of Bobby’s goods to inspect the restaurant. The commission brought the richly dressed establishment under scrutiny… but not before a stormy day filled with complications. It is during this investigation that the movie takes off, as everyone from the French countryside to the most feared criminals in London come flocking to Ooty. The film ultimately shows how the love of the land can take a strange turn for the best of people.
No matter how fanciful and unrealistic the plot sounds, Gone With The Wind remains a film well worth seeing. The storyline is gripping. There is romance involved without being explicit. The characters are all great.
director Kenneth Branagh does a good job of bringing alive the exotic locations he selects for his casts. It’s obvious that this is not an easy task as there are a number of locations he has chosen and some are not so good. However, his use of these locations really help to enhance the film. It’s no wonder Gone With The Wind became a British Film Miracle. As the name suggests, the film has been widely acclaimed as such.
The supporting cast more than makes up for the lead cast. They add a genuine feeling of reality to the story. They all have their own quirks and this adds to the drama. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one actor who does a remarkable job as Will Graham. He captures the character of Graham brilliantly and gives it a humanising quality.
The late Peter Finch plays the role of Ben Hexton opposite Helena Bonham Carter. He takes on the role of one of Graham’s many alter egos in the film. The late James Stewart plays the role of Tom Sawyer along with Helena Bonham Carter. The late Michael Caine also plays a pivotal role in the film as the title character of Huckleberry Finn.
The story centres on a Civil War vet, Maj. Braxton, whose friendship with a young woman from his regiment, Kate, deteriorates. She soon realizes that she is falling in love with him but he doesn’t feel the same. It’s this relationship that leads to the Civil War. Kate is also torn between her faith and her love for Braxton.
The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin follows the usual fairytale conventions but twists them to make it a modern day drama. The storyline is engrossing and fast paced. The pace picks up near the end when the war is all over and Kate has decided to marry Major Banks. Shortly after, Major Banks falls in love with Kate again. But when he refuses to let her get married, Kate must decide what to do and how to deal with the man of her dreams.
The Gone With the Wind video collection offers a bonus of two other movies from the movie. It includes Bill Bailey’s Don’t Take Me Back and Legendary Entertainment’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson novel The Day After. Both are fantastic films and this combined with the brilliant screenplay and breathtaking photography make Forks the perfect capitol city film. Don’t miss out. The reviews for both will start appearing soon on this site…