The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

DVD - 2019
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Theodore 'Theo' Decker was thirteen years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day, a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Warner Bros., [2019]
ISBN: 1127293424
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (149 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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jimg2000
Jan 16, 2020

Read the Pulitzer prize-winning novel nearly 6 years ago and enjoyed this film as much: "Vivid account of the life of a 13 year old boy after the death of his mother in a bombing inside the NY Metro Museum. Other than too much ink on cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, enjoyed reading about the rich characters and how the mystery of The Goldfinch evolved and concluded." As the book, I can see why some finds the film seems to meander pointlessly at times, but they all fit neatly at the end. Well done.

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maipenrai
Jan 09, 2020

I did not like the book - I did not like the film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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whataread
Jan 05, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The film is it's own version and I respect that. Films of books are not supposed to be replicas anyway. That would be impossible. I enjoyed this. Great sets and acting. It moves fast and it is quite dense. The theme that was strong is the one from the book about love and hate, good and bad, right and wrong. How these forces work together. Something bad happens yet something good happens too. A painting survives through many generations and near destruction but somehow still endures and even ends up a catalyst for other good things.

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Dolphinbay
Jan 02, 2020

watched 40 minutes, boring, and still couldn't figure out the plot

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rthomas0
Dec 28, 2019

6.2

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jimg2000
Jan 17, 2020

Monologue at the beginning of film:

In Amsterdam, I dreamed I saw my mother again. She was just as glad to see me as I was to see her. Same beautiful pale blue eyes. Everything would've turned out better if she had lived. As it was, she died when I was a kid. And when I lost her... I lost sight of any landmark that might've led me some place happier. You see, her death was my fault. Everybody used to tell me that it wasn't. That it was a terrible accident. Which is all perfectly true. And I don't believe a word of it. It was my fault. Just like everything that's happened since. The painting. The painting. All my fault. I lost something that should have been immortal. I didn't mean to do it. Because what I've done cannot be undone. It doesn't matter that I'm going to die. But for all time, for as long as history is written, that painting will be remembered and mourned.

(The book also began in Amsterdam but packed with more details:
WHILE I WAS STILL in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. ... (half a dozen pages later) ... Her death was my fault. Other people have always been a little too quick to assure me that it wasn’t; and yes, only a kid, who could have known, terrible accident, rotten luck, could have happened to anyone, it’s all perfectly true and I don’t believe a word of it. ...)

Much later in the film:
You talk about bad things you have done. And you blame yourself. You wish... wish you were dead. So we have done bad things. But maybe sometimes good can come from bad.

(The book's prose during the same moment:

“Well—I have to say I personally have never drawn such a sharp line between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as you. For me: that line is often false. The two are never disconnected. One can’t exist without the other. As long as I am acting out of love, I feel I am doing best I know how. But you—wrapped up in judgment, always regretting the past, cursing yourself, blaming yourself, asking ‘what if,’ ‘what if.’ ‘Life is cruel.’ ‘I wish I had died instead of.’ Well—think about this. What if all your actions and choices, good or bad, make no difference to God? What if the pattern is pre-set? No no—hang on—this is a question worth struggling with. What if our badness and mistakes are the very thing that set our fate and bring us round to good? What if, for some of us, we can’t get there any other way?”... )

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