Words and Pictures: Blu-ray Review

Words And Pictures

Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) – an abstract painter, and new teacher on campus — and challenges her to a war between words and pictures….and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.

The movie:
The story in itself is interesting. What is more captivating? What will grasp your attention and have more meaning for you? Words? Or pictures? The topic could divide a crowd but both subjects have their solid points of view. Jack Marcus was determined to prove to himself, his class, and Dina Delsanto that words could capture someone a lot better than a picture. Dina on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with his war but found herself right in the middle of it. She is a talented artist who knew how to express herself in her artwork. She wanted her students to find it within themselves to be the best they can be. They each battled their own person demons before realizing there was chemistry between the two. I really enjoyed the story and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. The topic was interesting and the war between the two was entertaining. Definitely a must watch for just about anyone.

My likes:
I really enjoyed the subject of the movie. Words can be very profound and have a deep impact on us. Many are talented with their execution of their words and that is what was focused on in the film. Then come in the pictures. It was an interesting match up to put words against art. I really did enjoy how they compared the two and also how both subjects intertwined. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche were also a treat to watch, but possibly more Clive than anything because of course I am secretly obsessed with him.

My dislikes:
I would have liked to see a bit more dynamic between Jack Marcus and his son. Or maybe a bit of a back story on why Jack was such a drunk and what drove him to push everyone away and be alone for so long. Just a bit more to tie the whole picture together. Other than that, I think the film had no other faults for me.

Special features:

Audio commentary with Director Fred Schepisi

Behind the Scenes of Words and Pictures:
Completely enjoyed this feature with all the actors. I was especially impressed by Juliette Binoche and her artwork! She not only can act but apparently is a great artist. Kudos to the casting department on reeling her in.

Words & Pictures is available NOW on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate



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