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Serena (I) (2014)

 -  Drama  -  26 February 2015 (USA)
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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

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In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

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Jennifer Lawrence recommended Bradley Cooper for the project. They had worked together previously on Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and they got along so well that they often spoke about working together again in the future. When Lawrence read the script for Serena (2014), she sent a copy to Cooper and asked if he would do it with her. See more »

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Ouch!
19 October 2014 | by (Tokyo, Shinjuku district) – See all my reviews

This film's failure to entertain rests in writer Christopher Kyle's choices. Susanne Bier assembled a cast of young and desirable celebs rather than actors who might at least fit their characters, but then attempts to rely on her thin and totally unbelievable storyline and screenplay, sophomoric direction and pedestrian cinematography to attempt to eek-out a bona-fide hour and a half of entertainment. Ouch! This one was actually painful to watch.

Bier had all the necessary ingredients at her disposal for creating a good 'Suspenseful Light Drama' which would have run on late night cable for decades, but instead she tried for 'generic chick flick', and completely failed. All she needed to do was eliminate about 1/2 of the dialog, and stick to the original story.

She opted for having her characters stand around and stare into space, rather than having them follow Rashs' actual narrative? Big mistake! This 93-minute film could have been salvaged with about 80 minutes of purely gratuitous explosions, and about 13 minutes of plot and dialog to tie the mind-numbing scenes together. How sad. Such a waste of gorgeous, umm, ... 'talent'.

I score this one "1 star" (awful), for its wasted potential.


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