Movie: Girl With a Pearl Earring

Let me start by saying that I absolutely adored this book when it came out. I hadn’t wanted to read it since it was “all the rage” at the time, but Mare-Bear talked me into it and within a few pages I was enthralled. The story is a fictional account of how Dutch artist Vermeer came to paint “Girl With Pearl Earring” in 1665.

The movie is less enthralling, but it was still okay. It was one of the quietest movies – virtually no dialogue. That worked to my favor since CootieBoy was really fussy while I was watching it. Scarlett Johansson did a great job as Griet, and Colin Firth was appropriately broody as Vermeer. Because the dialogue was so sparse it made the movie seem very cold and unfeeling, which was quite the opposite of what I recall feeling while reading the book.

The most amazing thing, however, was to watch Scarlett Johansson BECOME that painting – that was brilliant casting.

Yet another 2 1/2 stars out of 5. Basically, if I don’t love or hate a movie, it gets the middle rating.

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