The Shipping News
Review by Ross Anthony

Feeling broken, hurt, worn down to the nails by the erosive wind of life? So is Kevin Spacey in this strong piece. Perhaps this picture can help out.

Unfortunately, this will be an illegitimate review. Due to daunting circumstances within my control, I missed the first 20 or so minutes. So, I'll have to reserve my grade; but, I will say this ... I liked it!

Dialogue as crisp as that brisk Newfoundland harbor air. Characters as round and rich as a fishing net full from a good day's catch. The score pounding out a Celtic rhythm as if it knew more than you or I or the sea itself, seemingly able to predict unpredictable storms. Yeah, one or two things rubbed me the wrong way, but I left the theater wanting more of this perfectly paced, sweetly directed and acted adaptation.

For a film shot in blues and whites, where everyone wears several layers of clothing (even inside), it'll sure leave you with a warm feeling.

Gorgeously filmed too, and I don't just mean the landscape.

Btw, the colorful character names: Petal Bear, Bunny, Wavey Prowse, Beety, Nutbeem and Bill Pretty ...were favorites of Proulx who picked them from the phone book, mortuaries, lists of officials from local fisheries, gas works companies, etc.

  • The Shipping News. Copyright © 2001.
  • Starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Gordan Pinsent, Bunny was playeed by triplets: Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Lauren Gainer.
  • Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
  • Screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs.
  • Based on the novel by E. Annie Proulx.
  • Produced by Irwin Winkler, Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Leslie Holleran at Miramax.

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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