By Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Love in the Time of Cholera” sets itself the elusive task of translating Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece of magical realism into an upscale art film with popular appeal. Faithful to the outline of the novel but emotionally and spiritually anemic, it slides into the void between art and entertainment, where well-intended would-be screen epics often land with a thud.
Stripped of multiple layers of philosophic and poetic implication, the metaphorically loaded story of a man’s lifelong passion for a beautiful woman who marries another man emerges as a weightless, picturesque gloss.
Florentino Ariza, a latter-day Colombian Don Quixote, is one of the greatest fools for love in modern literature. Javier Bardem, the movie’s primary asset, imbues this soulful, eccentric poet with the appropriate tragicomic balance of nobility and absurdity. >>Read more