All the fuss about Kate Winslet’s performance immediately made me want to see this film. Being a huge Kate fan, this film is definitely one of her best,
“The Reader” is about a young man named Michael Berg (David Kross). When Michael was 15, he had an affair with a much older woman named Hanna (Kate Winslet) over the course of one summer. Hanna took care of him when he was ill, and in turn he read to her. She loved to be read to, then one day she disappears. We’re taken a few years later, when Michael is a law student. He attends the trial of former Nazi war criminals, one of them being Hanna. Now that’s he knows her big secret he’s torn on whether to save her or not. He has valuable information that could keep her away from jail, but will she want to admit it? The story is told by the adult Michael (now played by Ralph Fiennes) Who is recalling this story 18 years later.
The Reader is a great film, very smart, the acting is top notch, and it was a pleasant surprise to see it nominated for ‘Best Picture’ at this years Academy Awards. Winslet being nominated for ‘Best Actress’ is a plus. She already has 5 nominations, and she truly deserves this one. She was toted as ‘Best Supporting Actress” for most of the year, so it was a little surprising to change her to the lead actress category, but it’s probably for the better. The ending caught me a bit by surprise, but I don’t think it could’ve ended any other way.
Recommended: Yes 5/5
Memorable Quote: “It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what I feel. The dead are still dead.” -Hanna (Kate Winslet)