Love in the Time of Cholera Review

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
November 16th, 2007

Cholera:
An infectious bacterial disease of the small intestine.

Love:
An intense feeling of deep affection.

Javier Bardem:
An air compressor wielding psycho murderer.

Mike Newell:
The Awakening, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Love in the Time of Cholera directed by Mike Newell and starring Javier Bardem:
An epic love story.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first walked into this movie. I had just finished seeing No Country For Old Men (also starring Javier Bardem as a crazy murder) so I was really interested in seeing him portray a character that was 180 degree turn from his last role.

The movie, which was based on the book El Amor en los Tiempos del Colera, is about a man named Florentino (Bardem) who falls in love at a young age with a beautiful girl named Fermina. Florentino is forbidden by Fermina's father to see her so he vows to love her forever. After fifty-something years of waiting for her (and 600 or so women later) his wish finally comes true.

The movie was better than I had expected. It didn't drag as much as some love stories do and had quite a few laughable moments. Bardem's role in the movie had to have been a tough one considering he had to play the same character at age 30-something all the way into his 70s'. I was impressed. Oh, and the actor who played Bardem's character as a teen looked a lot like him. Nice job.

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The movie was enjoyable to watch but definitely not something I will be aching to see again anytime soon. If you like epic love stories like Pride and Prejudice (or are wanting to impress a lady friend) I would recommend it. If you are looking for a movie to go and see with your friends... this may not be the movie for you.

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