Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Donnie Brasco (1997), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2006)), starring Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Biutiful (2010), Eat Pray Love (2010)), Benjamin Bratt (Traffic (2000)), Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Fernanda Montenegro and others. The film, Love in the Time of Cholera, is, of course, based on the eponymous novel (1985) by the Nobel-prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose 100 Years of Solitude (1967) introduced so many to the wonders of Magic Realism. In his novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, however, Garcia Marquez has toned down the fantastical elements (a bit) and has opted for a treatise on the many forms and mysteries of love, from the brute fugue to the capital L, and yet his writing is no less superb, inspired and, yes, magical. Unfortunately, Mike Newell’s film, Love in the Time of Cholera, despite a commendable effort by the enormously talented actor Javier Bardem, and sumptuous locations, is a leaden thing, a series of scenes missing all the essential life at the heart of Garcia Marquez’ magnificent novel. Yes, and all the magic.(PR)
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