I know World War II and the Holocaust aren’t exactly overlooked subjects for films, but I hope to everything holy that they never stop making WWII movies. Because somehow I was able to look at this painting:
on various dorm room walls, look up the painting online, consider getting it for my apartment, and never realize that it’s a portrait of an actual person. Even though it’s called Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. And I didn’t know that Adele Bloch- Bauer’s niece Maria Altmann had to sue the Austrian government to recover the painting after it was stolen from her family by the Nazis during WWII.
The whole story is fascinating, but I’m a little surprised that it had to go all the way to trial. I know the legal case is complicated, but shouldn’t there be parts of Europe where when Jewish families say, “Hey, that stuff actually belongs to us”, the local government chalks it up to “More Shit The Nazis Ruined” and return it?
Also the story itself aside, I can’t believe how much more likable Ryan Reynolds is in this trailer. It’s like Helen Mirren was able to scrub all of the smarm off of him, and just leave the vaguely sarcastic center. I’m sure Reynolds is very happy with wife Blake Lively, but he might want to reconsider who should be the main woman in his life.
Woman in Gold also stars Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and, most importantly, Tatiana Maslany.