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The war crashes upon the idyllic shores of Cephallonia, forever upsetting its tranquility, for the inhabitants as well as for the comfortably garrisoned Italians. The tender connection that has grown between Antonio and Pelagia is threatened. As Captain Corelli faces the violent realities of warfare, he must confront the possibility of leaving Cephallonia and the woman he has come to love.
Romantic Drama - A slow moving drama/love story that will likely appeal to the ladies
a bit more than the guys, but even the guys will probably find it
enjoyable enough. There are some brutal war scenes and some nudity
that you should be aware of, so be sure to check the content.
PROFANITY: The F-word is said three times, damn twice and that's all. SEX/NUDITY: One sex scene plus some topless women. VIOLENCE: Some graphic and bloody war scenes. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking. ACTION: The only action is some war scenes. COMEDY: A dozen or so mildly funny scenes.
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Review Average "Mandolin miscalculates the weight the romantic leads are
capable of bearing. Both Cage and Cruz are such slo-mo creatures, so prone to
conveying dampness when they aim for smolder, that the passion between Corelli
and his Pelagia is indistinguishable from the affection the captain demonstrates
for his mandolin.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Although there's nothing ground-breaking or otherwise
extraordinary about the film, it is expertly directed, beautifully photographed,
and (for the most part) nicely acted. The storyline does not consistently rely
and tired formulas, and the character definition and interaction
have the strength to tap into the viewer's emotions.''
Review Average "What we get is kind of a condensed version of some of the
sights and sounds of the novel, without the heart, the spirit and the juicy
detail. The movie seems to exist on some sort of movie stage and not in the real
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Good "Think of it as the anti-PEARL HARBOR. Relying more on story
and character than special effects, this moving adaptation of Louis de Bernières
novel achieves everything that Michael Bay's empty spectacle could not.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Most everyone enjoyed this movie, but it did not receive a lot of real high opinions and it did receive quite a few opinions that were somewhat low. This translates into an above average movie at best. It's certainly worth seeing and most of you will probably enjoy it, but it's not a movie you're likely to rush to tell your friends to see.
Overall, I would recommend this movie, especially for the ladies. The guys who see it with their ladies, should also find it enjoyable, but are unlikely to feel it was a great movie.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
I enjoyed it. It wasn't great, but it was entertaining. It is a bit slow, but not too bad and the pace does pick up towards the end. I believe most moviegoers will feel they were sufficiently entertained.
The idyllic beauty of Greece's Mediterranean coast has been invaded by Italy, bringing legions of soldiers to the once tranquil island of Cephallonia. Captain Antonio Corelli (Cage), an officer with an irrepressibly jovial personality and passion for the mandolin, initially alienates a number of the villagers, including Pelagia (Cruz). The daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia is an educated and strong-willed woman, and while at first offended by the Italian soldier's behavior, she slowly warms to his certain charms as they are forced to share her father's home.
When Pelagia's fiancee, a local fisherman, heads off to war, the friendship between Antonio and Pelagia grows even stronger. Her beauty and intelligence capture his heart, and his fondness for the village's vibrant community causes him to question his reasons for fighting. Antonio becomes a part of the lives of the villagers, but the moment is fleeting. As the war grows ever closer, Antonio and
Pelagia are forced to choose between their allegiance to their countries and the love they feel for one another—a love which must overcome tremendous odds, and endure the inevitable sacrifice which accompanies eternal devotion.