Review: Emotion Deficient In Cholera

January 5, 2008 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Giovanna Mezzogiorno, left, and Benjamin Bratt

Giovanna Mezzogiorno, left, and Benjamin Bratt

A lot of the great delight of reading an writer like Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the truth that you’re reading him that you’re granting yourself to turn absorbed in his flamboyant phraseology and bright descriptions, that he’s taking you to a amply realized lieu, and that you’re knuckling under, gladly.

When a author phonation is as distinguishing as the Colombian Nobel Prize winner’s, it’s hard to duplicate it on-screen, even though director Mike Newell and screenwriter Ronald Harwood remain for the most part loyal to “Love in the Time of Cholera” in their wildly blemished version of Garcia Marquez’ brooming 1985 novel about a decades-old loving fixation.

Harwood won an Academy Award for his version of “The Pianist”; here, he conserves much of the master copy dialogue, but the signification and emotion behind it is often oddly deficient. So when the graceful Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt) guarantees his pure bride (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) on their honeymoon, “This is going to be a example in love,” a line that might have looked palatable on the page clangs on the ear alternatively.

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