Genius

Genius

By Michael Grandage

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2016-06-10
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Director: Michael Grandage
  • Production Company: Desert Wolf Productions
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 0.99
6.5/10
6.5
From 237 Ratings

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From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE (former artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse) in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. SCOTT BERG, Genius stars COLIN FIRTH as Perkins, JUDE LAW as Wolfe, NICOLE KIDMAN as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, LAURA LINNEY as Louise Perkins, Max's wife and a talented playwright, GUY PEARCE as F. Scott Fitzgerald and DOMINIC WEST as Ernest Hemingway.

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  • Five thousand pages

    3
    By White Dragon3
    I would have said “ Great Job!” “Now divide it up into a series. Volume one through Volume 25: avg of 200 pages per book! If they sell then you can start on screenplays.”
  • Charming in a very mature way. 3.7 stars out of 5.

    3
    By juno.fack.san.diego
    Before beginning, I am very uncertain why writers or other artists were often portrayed as EXTREMELY CRAZY in many films. Probably, people who are involved in that area are accepted to be abnormal in a certain degree. Abnormality does not mean psychopathic character in this area. Also, films are usually dramatised for a reason. In short, dealing with a bit of volatile characters with MATURITY was very good thing to catch in this film. This is a bit different from germane British style. The center of the maturity is Colin Firth as the editor. The other important thing is, 'Is this gay love or romance story?' This became very obvious gradually toward the end. The writer Jude Law was falling in love with Colin Firth shown in a very mild tone. The editor Colin was very restrictive in terms of showing romantic affection toward Jude Law, although he was developing the romantic relationship subtly with Jude Law. It is somewhat mingled with passion with work. Mentioned by other reviews in U.S.A. iTunes, the work of writing and editing was depicted so real. This was not just realistic. That was the reality. THIS CAN BE VERY FRESH TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS AREA. Writing and editing was just part of my life. I think Jude did a very good job in terms of acting the writer's role. I haven't seen such a good work of him so far. Other actors did good work too. I think Nicole was a bit shining here. I think this film may elongate a VERY new type of maturity based films. By the way, I was able to understand the writer's slump status. Let's put in this way. The writer brought his past work to the editor in a short time. Along with this, freshness factor is very challenging issue in publishing industry. A new writer can bring freshly written stories. However, this cannot last forever, neither the writer cannot change the writing style so easily. Personally, I did not exactly have an editor. I made editing based on my own feedback. This can only happen when a person is very mature and professional.
  • Recommended

    4
    By M_sensei
    I was surprised that Tomatoes gave this a mere 51%. I really enjoyed this movie. I learned from it, and I thought all of the actors, especially Colin Firth, were terrific. The relationship between Max Perkins and the writers he elevated to the American literary canon is worthy of watching. To the best of my knowledge, the script is pretty true to how things were.
  • Very thin movie, left me unsatisfied

    2
    By Rambo8649
    2.5 stars. I thought the subject matter was really interesting, and could have made an excellent movie considering the talented cast. Colin Firth was incredible as he always is, but as a whole, the movie was just very thin..it introduced a few really interesting characters, and touched on many interesting elements in the lives of these characters, but at the end I felt very unsatisfied. I think the screenplay was poorly written. The writing, directing, and cinematography just weren't that great in my opinion. I wouldn't watch this movie again.
  • Looking Homeward

    5
    By Janice827
    Was trying to find something my spouse would like, then I saw this. I first read Wolfe in the early 80s, while on a study abroad program. Somehow, riding trains around Europe and reading his torrent of beautiful language was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And to see this beautifully filmed movie--almost sepia toned--was a thrill. I knew about Perkins, but watching his relationship develop with the language and the man...I thought it was well done. Hard to convey the joyful drama of writing, the thrill and frustration, the labor of it all. And in an age when manuscripts were handwritten!! Highly recommend.
  • This movie is a reflection on the artform..

    5
    By C chord
    Of writing. (Spoilers) You get to see Thomas Wofle who is an artist but with words instead of paint. He goes into the Editor's office of Max Perkins with 5,000 written pages and is told that he has to shrink it down to a few hundred pages instead. Mr. Max Perkins in my view is like a literary writing instructor who helps the writer see things clearer for himself. Then you come to find out that he worked with other great novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) and Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea) (Side note; In the movie The Equalizer, the McCall character talks about the Hemingway novel in the diner scene in the movie to the Teri character which I thought was a nice shout out for Hemingway.) The way the movie goes into detail about how a book is written, (how a writer goes about looking for the inspirations that helps him/her to find the words to fill the blank pages before them while they tell a story that's inside of them) along with how a book gets edited, and the finding of just the right words that help to create the title for a book. This move had me enthralled from start to end and I like when movies do that.
  • Genius

    5
    By Brave rifles
    I agree with the previous comment, this was an excellent film, well acted by a very capable and talented team, I fail to understand the very unclear evaluation presented by the somewhat erudite and not very effective Rotten Tomato crew.
  • Charming little piece of history

    5
    By jenstreet.com
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Fans of all four of the main actors (Colin Firth, Jude Law, Laura Linney, and Nicole Kidman), we can safely say we were impressed. Other reviews have rated this toward the lower end of the scale—which is a shame. We thought this was both witty and an interesting look into the history of America's great literary past. A fun escape.

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