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Anthony Hopkins as Jack Lewis
James Frain as Peter Whistler
Joseph Mazzello as Douglas Gresham
Debra Winger as Joy Gresham
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Reviewed by Texasguy 10 / 10

Intelligent, Powerful, and Joyous

I probably watch this film every two years, yet like fine wine, it grows even better after time. This picture is a beautiful, thought provoking, and highly effective meditation on how love, death, god, joy, and pain all coexist in the strange universe that is life. With subject matter as complex as this, the viewer can see where one could easily become lost in C.S. Lewis's story, but "Shadowlands" never falters. The film remains quiet, simple, and highly effective through Attenborough's understated direction, and its cast's uniformly excellent performances.

However, what sits at the very core of "Shadowlands" beauty is its ultimate truth. There are moments in this film so full of genuine, unflynching emotion that its power practically hits the audience member in the gut. Yes, the film's magnificently depicted scenes of death and grieving never fail to jerk tears from my eyes, but Lewis's closing lines regarding the choices he made as a boy and a man make me sob.

"Shadowlands" is undoubtedly representative of filmaking at its very best. I recommend this film without reservation to anyone!

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 10 / 10

An Extremely Touching Film

C. S. Lewis is making a bit of a comeback with the "Chronicles Of Narnia" movie of late, but here's a film portrait of him made in 1993 starring the great British actor Anthony Hopkins.

To Christians, Lewis has always been a familiar name: one of the greatest and most well-known Christian apologists theologians ("Merre Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters,"etc.) and fiction (the Narnia series) writers of all time. But this film - no surprise - doesn't really deal with that: it's mainly a love story, the love he had toward his American wife, played by Debra Winger.

Being a Brit, the film takes place in England and features some wonderful landscapes of that great country. Hopkins exudes warmth in the role of Lewis and Winger is okay, New York City accent and all, as the American. I would have chosen someone else for the role, but Winger gets by.

Not to be forgotten is the fine job Edward Hardwicke did as "Warnie," Lewis' brother. Joseph Mazzello, one of the top child actors of the early '90s, is the Lewis' young boy. When father and son cry together at the end, it is one of the most touching scenes I've ever viewed on film.

It's a touching story, period, and if it doesn't get your eyes moistened at least once, check your pulse. The dialog in here is excellent, too. I particularly enjoyed the by-play of dry wit between the professors and Winger's various comments to her husband.

Nice films like this are unusual and should be treasured, as Lewis and his works are by so many people, Christian or non-Christian.

Reviewed by dwr246 10 / 10

"The pain then is part of the happiness now..."

Get a box of Kleenex, and be prepared to go through the whole box when you sit down to watch this movie. Shadowlands is one of the most moving films ever to be made - an affecting tale of love, loss, and the price of safety.

Shadowlands is the story of C. S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), and his relationship with American Joy Gresham (Debra Winger). When the movie starts, we find Lewis, known as Jack to his associates, teaching at Oxford, writing, lecturing, and living as a bachelor on the family farm with his bachelor brother Warnie (Edward Hardwicke). It's a comfortable, if somewhat empty existence. Jack receives a letter from an American woman asking if she can meet him. They agree to have tea, and strike up a friendship, as Jack is impressed with the brash, yet very intelligent Joy. She tells him that her son loves his Narnia chronicles and asks if the boy can meet him. Jack agrees, and Joy brings her son, Douglas (Joseph Mazello) to Jack's home. Jack and Joy maintain a correspondence, and at Christmas, Joy writes that she is coming to England for the holidays, and would like to visit. Jack invites her to stay at his home. While there, Joy tells Jack that her marriage is ending. Several months later, Jack runs into Joy after a lecture he has given. She tells him that she has moved to England, and invites him to her house for dinner. While he's there, she asks him to marry her so she can stay in the country. He agrees, and they have a platonic marriage until Joy becomes gravely ill, forcing Jack to reevaluate his feelings for her and the state of their marriage.

Visually, this is a beautiful film, set mostly in the lovely English countryside. The period is well depicted, and you feel that you have stepped back slightly in time. And the wardrobe in Jack's attic is a particularly good touch.

The script is brilliant. Emotional issues are handled with great intelligence, and comic touches help to lighten what is sometimes a very dark story. Jack's emotional fragility is presented in such a way that the viewer discovers it with him at about the time he realizes that this aspect of his personality must change. Joy's brashness balances very well with her emotional intelligence, and she gets the best lines in the film, both comic (her response to the baiting of one of Jack's colleagues "Are you trying to be offensive, or merely stupid?"), and poignant ("The pain then is part of the happiness now," as she tries to prepare Jack for her imminent death). Her scenes with Jack are lovely, and the growth in the course of their relationship is beautifully depicted. Warnie is also a nicely developed character, a loyal and caring brother who takes on the responsibility of caring for Joy's son with warmth and kindness. Nothing is wasted, as every scene helps to propel the story forward to its conclusion.

The acting is excellent. Hopkins' portrayal of Jack is sensitive without being weak. Winger hits all the right notes in her portrayal of Joy, brash and bold, yet with a better understanding of emotion than the more sensitive Jack. Edward Hardwicke does a nice job with Warnie, giving us a performance that makes us wish we knew more about him. And Joseph Mazello gives a great performance as Douglas, a little boy who finds himself orphaned in a strange land with few people to turn to. The scene where Douglas and Jack finally comfort each other over their common loss is among the most touching in the movie.

A movie that stays with you long after it ends, and makes you long to sit through it again and again. Just make sure you have those Kleenex handy...

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