Thursday, February 20, 2014

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The storyline surrounding the famous title painting, which involves a new maid in Johannes Vermeer's household who quickly becomes his muse while stirring his wife's ire just as fast, are fictitiously filled in in this adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's bestselling novel, penned by Olivia Hetreed and directed by Peter Webber. The film features amazing photography and wonderful detail which serve to faithfully depict the artist's craft and match the film to his gorgeous canvasses. Colin Firth gives a fine, measured performance as Vermeer, Scarlett Johansson is off, succeeding only in becoming a replica of her character, and certain story elements feel somewhat strained.