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Good [Blu-ray]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Cecil Philip Taylors GOOD was first brought to the stage in 1981, and has been revived on numerous occasions. This version of Taylors play stars Viggo Mortensen as John Halder, a German literary professor who struggles with his conscience as he becomes involved in the Third Reich during World War II. The film begins in the prewar era and establishes Halder's various relationships: his marriage is failing, theres a new woman in his life, and his Jewish friend, Maurice (Jason Isaacs), frets about his future well-being. The Nazi party picks up on a novel Halder has written which encourages compassionate euthanasia, and he is ushered into their fold. A mixture of naivet and cowardice prevents Halder from facing the life-threatening situation Maurice finds himself in, and director Vicente Amorim ups the tension considerably in the final third of the movie as the professor acts to save his friend. The most powerful scenes in GOOD are acted out between Mortensen and Isaacs. The two actors expertly detail the deterioration in the relationship between the two men, with Mortensen looking perfectly uneasy in his Nazi uniform and Isaacs building up a righteous fury at his old friends blas betrayal. Amorim adeptly deals with the euthanasia subplot by drawing a fine performance from Gemma Jones as Halders dying mother, particularly in a moving scene where she tries to commit suicide. Amorim manipulates sound throughout the film, causing Halder to witness characters suddenly bursting into song in a manner reminiscent of Dennis Potters THE SINGING DETECTIVE. With Mortensen once again proving what a brilliantly subtle actor he can be, GOOD is an affecting portrayal of a man whose weak will has superseded his best intentions and led him down an unspeakably dark path.
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  • Credits
    Kevin Doyle, Gemma Jones, Steven Elder, Jodie Whittaker, Viggo Mortensen, Annastasia Hille, Ralph Riach, Steven Mackintosh, Stephen Mackintosh, Ruth Gemmell, Jason Isaacs, Mark Strong
  • Critic Reviews
    "Viggo Mortensen, in the tiny but worthy GOOD, does what may be his most fascinating acting." -- Grade: B
    Entertainment Weekly

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