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Plot: A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.
Runtime: 132 mins Release Date: 18 Jul 2003
Critics? Don't listen. This is a very, very good film. (by mercybell)
The newest rendition of the Four Feathers is a real epic, aesthetically beautiful, sweeping, completely refreshing in terms of emotional presentation and scope for both characters and audience. This is one of the best of this year in terms of mainstream film.The beginning drags, and the editing is confusing at times, the lighting is dark, and it has a rich as in dense atmosphere to it that can make it seem unnecessarily claustrophobic at times, yet which helps during certain scenes don't want to give anything away . In fact the first 1/3 of the movie is a plum bore. But as soon as <more>
Harry goes off following some enemy spies, the movie flows beautifully. It becomes quite the rousing adventure, with lots of fairly disgusting dead bodies and their missing parts all over the place surprising for a PG-13 flick and the sole battle scene is one of the better ones I've ever seen, because it creates uncliched emotion, and it's very effective in creating a seemingly helpless situation, with great battle choreography to boot. In a movie that has quite a few flaws, it does something really well, develops supporting characters other than Wes Bentley . The 4 different comrades of Harry's, plus Adu Hounsou's character , have faces and lives and are important to the flow of the story, though they seem fairly unimportant till it matters again, don't want to give anything away , when something happens to them, you want to know, and care about, what will become of them. It was refreshing to actually know the fellow soldiers in a war movie for once! And it helps add to the great emotional impact this movie has. The acting is OK. There are no bad performances, bad accents to be sure, but Heath Ledger ceases to be his heartthrob self and eventually turns into the character somewhere between the chapped lips and matted hair I suppose , and provides a steady and trustworthy lead performance. Hudson, I think, is too big for her role, though she and Bentley both provided, again, well done and steady roles. Djimon Hounsou is really the standout. Other than technical aspects I don't think it'll get any nods, except maybe for Hounsou who is exceptional in the film. I think that this is a very good film that boasts great cinematography, authentic and realistic costumes and excellent production design, and for me, a great emotional punch, plus a captivating adventure story. It's definitely not a teen flick, or chick flick, it's too gruesome and historical for either faction. And unlike other better systematically made films I've seen this year, it didn't feel "canned", too unoriginal, or overly pretentious, it felt fresh. I think this suffered the fate of fairly bad advertising and early press and not living up to the expectation of "Elizabeth", but I'm glad I saw it because I really did enjoy it, a lot. Highly recommended.
I demand the 3-hour original release! (by jmcgarmott)
This film had so many things going for it, despite the odds. In the end, it was the odds that pulled it down. The film was well made, and though I wasn't too impressed with Elizabeth I think Shekhar Kapur did an admirable job under very pressurised situations constantly visited by worried producers, directing a film whose script isn't finished yet, the rigours of the desert, as well as the daunting aspect of directing 1,000+ extras which few films nowadays have with the advent of CGI replicating . The cinematography was wonderful, seriously on par with The English Patient though in a <more>
different way - in its way. The score - what can I say about it except that I've almost worn out the score soundtrack CD by James Horner due to the unique Qawwali wailings combined with a heartbreaking and tender piano theme. Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson and Wes Bentley, all non-Brits, did an admirable job handling the accents and still managing to come out with dramatic performances. I don't get it - why did non-Brits accuse them of not having perfect accents? I don't know whether they have perfect accents but they certainly sounded British. Some people said they were stiff. I don't see how that could be a complaint for a movie set in Victorian Britain. The script was not bad - nothing negative should be said about it.Now here is where the theatrical release of the film faltered - the editing. The original cut was three hours long, a release which apparently Miramax boss approved of. Somehow, 9/11 got in the way due to the anti-colonialist stance of the movie. Also, studios generally dislike 3-hour releases. Kapur was flung back into the editing room to chop it down to 2 hours. Which he did. And many people complained that the movie was incoherent, that there were jumps. And this is why. Spoilers till end of paragraph. I think the scene where Ethne's feather was presented to Harry may have been filmed but was cut, causing some people to lament the loss of a dramatic moment. Also, many people couldn't understand the motives behind Harry's actions, first leaving the army, then going after his friends. I believe the editing had a lot to do with that.In other words, everything about the movie was good, right up to before it was to be edited to 2 hours. Some people might complain it was boring - they deserve to watch films like The Matrix and that's it - that's all they deserved. Some people kept saying that the previous version s were better. Maybe that's true for the older folks but for me and I believe for most of the younger generations it is difficult for us to watch films made decades ago, due to the different style and pacing of different eras. The older generation may watch films such as Chicago and lament the advent of the MTV generation; whereas people like me would watch Casablanca and find it wide-open-mouth-shocked to be ranked 2nd on the AFI 100 Films. So I believe there is nothing wrong with the remaking of The Four Feathers - it is making a period film using today's kind of epic filmmaking style. You can see how the colours are so rich, how the battle scenes are filmed in ways more sophisticated than a 1939 film can.Also, poor marketing has failed this movie, causing it to earn only 1/4 of its budget on the domestic market. On the other hand, I did noticed that negative critics tend to be American. Some people actually thought of it as swashbuckling adventure. It is not - while Harry may do things that seem impossible realistically, it works fine in a film which also aims to make people feel rather than just watch. There is enough realism that it doesn't look stupid. Apparently Americans disagree - one viewer reported laughing in the cinemas ... and it isn't the part where the Englishman is laughing.The DVD version has been released in the US. It is the Special Collectors' Edition, but it remains the same 2-hour flawed movie. I charge that Miramax release a 3-hour Director's Cut edition of the movie in its DVD release overseas. The film deserves at least that.
Warn my friends! Save my friend! These are 2 of the lines spoken at two different times by a very noble but desperate man who had everything, and I mean everything going for him. He spoke these words to another man who had nothing, and came from even less, but was willing to help. This other man belonged to a tribe of slaves, spoke English and Arabic, but was a Christian. He would adorn himself with different pieces of white jewelry which among his people, spoke of the number of men you had killed. His name is Abou.Harry is the man who had everything but through one selfish decision, lost it <more>
all. After seeing the pain his mistake caused all those who loved, respected and admired him - he regrets the foolish decision, and attempts to restore what was lost. This very fine film is filled with virtue, honor and the great strength required to redeem yourself after doing unintended damage to some of the most precious things we possess. Our relationships. Especially the strong right good ones - the ones you would lay down your life for. It is a story mostly of recovery. And is the exact opposite of the everyone deserves a trophy attitude which plagues our modern generation. How refreshing.While in the enemy prison at Omdurman in the Sudan, Heath Ledger's character has to be one of the most pitiful sights you'll ever see. A bright young British Calvary officer, the son of the General, engaged to a beautiful woman who loves him, a leader among his men, and surrounded by a tight knit core of his closest friends, all in the same regiment as himself . . . is reduced to human rubble. It is at his lowest point that Harry learns to overcome the Fear that led to his tragedy. The movie has been intentionally injected with several modern sensibilities which did not and never would have existed at that time, you'll know them when you see them or hear them . They serve only to weaken the story and the film, all in the name of political correctness. Though plenty of the original Light is left to keep it right.I believe this to be Heath Ledgers most mature role by far, alongside Wes Bentley's shining performance as the ideal soldier and friend. With a great cast all around, I am amazed at how many people have missed this movie. It is every bit as good as Gladiator or Troy, just different - and with a much more moral story. It is a classic film made from a classic novel about the way we were . . . not that long ago. One of my favorites. Anyone who appreciates the ever increasing rarity of good movies made from good stories should see this film.http://fullgrownministry.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/identity/
I read some of the posts on this board and I disagree with most of them. I thought this movie was really good. Good cast, Kate Hudson has a great accent and Heath Ledger plays his role brilliantly. I found this movie very interesting, and my dad and sister loved this movie, so it's definitely worth watching!
Nothing Changes In The Sudan (by bkoganbing)
The popular A.E.W. Mason novel The Four Feathers gets its sixth film version if you count a 1977 one made for television with Beau Bridges. Heath Ledger stars as protagonist Harry Fevasham who resigns his commission on the eve of his regiment being shipped out to the Sudan during the early 1880s to contain an uprising by the Osama Bin Laden of his day, the Mahdi. If you remember that's the fellow who was played by Sir Laurence Olivier in Khartoum.Ledger comes from a family with a military tradition and its just expected he join the army. To placate Dad he does, but he doesn't count on <more>
a war, who ever does. His messmates led by Wes Bentley and even his intended bride Kate Hudson think Ledger a coward. He's not so sure they're not right.But he decides to go to the Sudan in any event, he does speak the languages by dint of his military background. Ledger goes to test his own courage and grit. What happens there is the bulk of the story.Most people remember the version of The Four Feathers from Paramount in 1929, one of their last silents that starred Richard Barthelmess and William Powell. The British did their own blockbuster version in 1939 with John Clements and Ralph Richardson, one of their very earliest films in color. This one compares admirably with both of those.What it does do is give a picture of the Sudan very much as it is today, a land of bitter poverty and racial strife. The Moslems versus the Christians versus the Nativist religions. A dose of British Imperialism in full swing at the time didn't help the situation one bit. A lesson to be learned, but probably won't be by the people that should learn it.Still the story of Ledger finding himself in that desert country is still one that has a lot of merit for today. Heath gives a fine account of himself in the lead role and also to be noticed is Djimmon Hounsou who plays the native who pulls Heath's buttocks from the proverbial sling.Heath Ledger's legion of fans will be pleased with The Four Feathers.
Von Einem der auszog, das Fuerchten zu ver- lernen (by vetmad)
About friendship, about duty, about truth and it's consequences, about true loyalty among friends, about parental expectation and it's disappointment.When I saw the "Four Feathers" I noticed the immense similarity to another film I had seen but days ago, "Black Hawk Down". That quote from Plato "Only the dead know the end of war", that the audience is given at the very beginning of the latest Ridley Scott film applies to the "Four Feathers" as well as it does to "Black Hawk Down". Although the incidents which inspired those films are <more>
almost exactly one hundred years apart, the essence of the two plots is quite the same. Only the man next to you, most likely your friend one way or the other, counts. Nothing else. Both stories are surprisingly similar, though the motivation in "Four Feathers" is somewhat more personal than in "Black Hawk Down", the late twentieth century being more marked by conflicts that stir the world's elaborate common conscience, something that didn't exist that way in 1898. Although war itself has lost nothing of its disgusting and useless violence in those one hundred years.A game of Rugby, young men, two fighting teams, the camera following these men, enabling the spectator to get a first impression of the protagonists and their relations to each other as well as the splendour and camaraderie of the British army at the end of the 19th century, before the real story sets in."Four Feathers" tells the story of one man who acts upon his feelings when he exits the British Army, whose friends interpret his honesty towards himself as mere cowardice and present him each with a white feather for his resignation. Only when he alone stays behind after having forsaken the war, he realises that he cannot and does not want to live with the fact that his friends and his beloved think of him as a coward and he acts. Alone in the Sudan, he leaves all his fear behind without question, driven by the worries for the fate of the friends he desperately tries to save.It's an interesting combination, the Indian director who seems to just have a knack for thorough British history "Elizabeth" too dealt with an almost mythical part of British History , and this historical era, again bringing it magically to life in his very own particular style. The photography is truly beautiful, the desert with it's wide spread dunes, the sparse vegetation as a threat to life itself but also a friend for those who understand its rules and live by it. The story of the film sometimes fails the attempt to bring the inner turmoil of the main protagonist creditably to the big screen. And it is maybe this discrepancy between the book, dealing with a single mind, and the movie, attempting to stay close to the book as well as entertain an audience, that explains why the story sometimes disintegrates and leaves the spectator quite alone.The cast though is a real jewel what young Hollywood is concerned, Heath Ledger giving one hell of a performance, the inner turmoil of his character visible at all times on screen, carefully acted, seldom too much. The chemistry with Kate Hudson is certainly there, still Miss Hudson just doesn't look like a 19th century girl but maybe the impression she left as "Penny Lane" is still too strong . Wes Bentley manages to simply be that Jack, the guilt-ridden and in the end sickly friend who is saved by the one person he gave a white feather for cowardice to. And Djimoun Hounsou who is always a real pleasure to watch. He evaporates the magic as well as the menace of his role towards his audience and his fellow actors and manages to keep the story together on more than one occasion.The film is worth seeing it for the theme itself has lost nothing of it's explosiveness!
In my opinion, The Four Feathers deserved a better fare. While not a classic, this film is one of the few adventurous historical epics made in the last decade that really tried to do something with that worn out genre. Shekhar Khapur is without a doubt a capable director and here he succeeds in recreating some of the spark that epics like "Lawrence of Arabia" had. That's what makes this film a worthwhile affair.Heath Ledger plays a young English cadet officer who refuses to join his regiment to fight in Sudan. This is the end of the 19th century and the colonies are just <more>
starting to rebel against their oppressors, in this case the British Empire. That is what makes Harry's involvement a moral question and his decision not to participate in the war against the natives is seen as cowardice. At the same time his friend Bentley and fiancée Hudson don't understand Harry's actions and treat him the same as the rest of the establishment.The story is well crafted and the scenes are shot very well, especially action scenes. The photography and the music complement the film well. Ledger delivers one of his best performances here, although Hudson is a wooden doll as usual and Bentley doesn't get enough screen time. Djimon Hounsou is always a pleasure to see and his character is sympathetic since he plays Ledger's only friend and ally in a difficult situation.The anti-colonial stance and the epic nature of this film make it a quite unique work. Some argue that it gets boring, but that can't be avoided with such films. Even Lawrence of Arabia wasn't always exciting and in comparison with Master and Commander this is a much more exciting film. Those who wrote it off the first time oughta give it another look.
This film was first made as a silent in 1915. The 1939 version is a classic. This is the 7th time they have tried to remake this story of honor and duty and redemption and they have done a magnificent job. The battle scenes and the cinematography certainly make this film shine. A superb cast includes Wes Bentley Ghost Riders , Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain, Kate Hudson, and, of course, Djimon Hounsou as the man who gets the hero across the desert.After seven films, the story is a familiar one, but Shekhar Kapur has done a magnificent job of directing and one hopes to see more of his work <more>
one of the best remake epic movie.. (by salesmanager)
Inspite of some of the review with due respect .. i still think strongly that this majestic movie is not given the proper recognition as they should have.. Heath ledger and Wes Bentley truly carry out their roles explicitly done , i like the part where ledger was being told by Ehtne that he should let go the love ... the reaction of Heath was just so precious... in shock and yet could not endure the pain of what he just heard.. the war scenes in the dessert and the capturing of the lead actors .. and the black guy who helped heath in this journey was just superbly supported and as well as <more>
well executed ... all the while i thought this was a new original epic movie until i found out it was a remake ... but looking back i would not trade this version of any other version... watch it and you will love it for life...