Reviews for Hours (Collector's Edition)

Video Librarian Reviews
An adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about three women in three different time periods whose lives are profoundly affected by Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, the film features equally magnificent performances from Meryl Streep (as a self-sacrificing modern Manhattanite hiding deep reservoirs of regret while being mother-hen to friends and family), Julianne Moore (as a fragile 1950s housewife whose deep depression and suicidal musings go all but unnoticed by everyone except her young son), and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (who plays the self-aware but psychologically unstable Woolf herself, seen at the time she was writing the book). As the well-balanced stories unfold in the capable hands of director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), literal and figurative parallels are drawn between them, providing a stirring thematic undercurrent that is enriched by the film's assured pacing and editing. Filled with many resounding and startling moments, tied together beautifully by Philip Glass's fervently illustrative, string-based, Oscar-nominated score, The Hours is a triumph of emotional and narrative complexity, with consummate supporting performances by a cast that includes Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, John C. Reilly, Stephen Dillane, and Miranda Richardson. Highly recommended. (R. Blackwelder Copyright 2003 Video Librarian Reviews