The Oscar buzz can already be heard for The Goldfinch, an adaptation of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller by author Donna Tartt.
The plot follows a boy who, at age 13, loses his mother in a bombing. His whole life is changed, putting him on a path of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. The title refers to a painting of a bird chained to its perch: the one piece of hope he holds from that day.
There’s a lot going for this one. Visually, the film looks absolutely beautiful, which comes as no surprise since cinematography genius Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men, Sicario, The Shawshank Redemption) is behind the camera. There’s also a fantastic, big cast, including Ansel Elgort in the lead and support from Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, and Finn Wolfhard. Thirdly, there’s director John Crowley, whose fantastic 2015 Saoirse Ronan-drama Brooklyn earned wide praise and a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
This writer hasn’t read the book that this is based on, but has heard from many that have that it’s one powerful read. Fingers firmly crossed this film is a strong adaptation.
The Goldfinch, written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy), will open in the US on September 13 and arrives in Australia on September 26.
Official synopsis for The Goldfinch:
Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 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. The Goldfinch.