Genius

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: June 17, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal - June 17, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal

Current rating: Rating: 4.50
based on 12 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West

Synopsis

World-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) at Charles Scribner's Sons Publishing in New York City oversees works from such legends as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) and Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West).

He's given a massive manuscript written by unknown writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and is told that every publishing house in New York has turned it down. He begins reading it and the words speak to him. He brings Wolfe in and tells him he'll publish it, but explains that it needs to be heavily edited. Wolfe, an unusual personality who takes over a room when he walks into it, agrees.

The book requires many hours of work and Max involves Tom at every step, which makes Max's married lover, Mrs. Aline Bernstein, more than a little jealous. She becomes unbalanced, but Tom believes his work is more important than anything and he hurts not only her, but also Max in his quest for immortality.

Based on the biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. Scott Berg.

Director: Michael Grandage
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): John Logan, James Bierman, Michael Grandage
Screenplay: John Logan
Official Site: genius-thefilm.com

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  • 4 stars "Was prepared to walkout after hearing negative opinions from several viewers. Maybe that was why I was pleasantly surprised to find it an enlightening study of how a best seller becomes one. Colin Firth was very good and Jude Law did not deserve the scathing reviews he got from several reviewers. I am a writer and my husband is an editor, so that may be part of why we liked it. Neither of us knew much about Thomas Wolfe so it was great to learn about one of Americas's great writers. The script was good, direction solid and the story was engrossing."
  • 5 stars "Excellent movie! Colin Firth and Jude Law successfully displayed some of the joys and sorrows of the literary world of the '30's. I would recommend it to others and would see it again."
  • 5 stars "Fantastic, does a great job of showing the literary world of the 1930s."