Serena

Rated R 109 minutes 2014

The third pairing of actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (after Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) suffers from a stodgy plot and awkward pacing, as 1920s timber baron Cooper’s new bride Lawrence sets the North Carolina woods on fire with her jealousy. Supporting actors Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones do what they can, but they’re stuck with the same screenplay, adapted by Christopher Kyle from Ron Rash’s book. The director, Susanne Bier (Love Is All You Need), pushes and pulls the protagonists around with an odd rhythm that makes Lawrence’s title character seem more like an evil witch than an insecure, headstrong individualist. This is one movie both lead actors will want to forget (109 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Susanne Bier

Producer: Nick Wechsler, Susanne Bier, Steve Schwartz, Paula Schwartz, Todd Wagner, Ron Halpern, Ben Cosgrove, Peter McAleese, Mark Cuban and Oliver Courson

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans, David Dencik, Ana Ularu, Sean Harris, Sam Reid, Conleth Hill, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Christian McKay, Philip Zandén and Ned Dennehy

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