The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

DVD - 2019
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Theodore 'Theo' Decker was thirteen 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.

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2019 film adaptation of Donna Tartt's bestselling 2013 novel of a young boy who finds connection to his recently deceased mother through a mysterious painting.


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movie20
Aug 20, 2020

I found the movie slow, but captivating. It jumps around with flash backs, which makes it a bit confusing, but you need to stick with it. Its not a great story, but how it was told is well done. I liked the movie. It intriged me.

JCLHeatherM Mar 24, 2020

Slow moving and littered with unsympathetic characters, this film is a one-and-done viewing.

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21221018293347
Mar 02, 2020

Well, we watched for about an hour waiting for something to happen, for some explanation of the painting, for some reason how the painting entered this young boy's life. He was miserable, passed around between homes; just a slow boring movie and eventually we didn't care anymore.

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hammer59
Feb 28, 2020

Very impressive film and interesting on many levels. Solid acting, original story, plot twists and turns, completely unpredictable and very engaging. Special feature presents a museum abroad that is tiny but to die for. Passport time.

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Restaurant17
Feb 25, 2020

Unfortunately I did not read the novel first and was very disappointed with the movie adaptation. Very slow, drug use (including prescription abuse) and some violence. The plot felt disjointed and I gave up on it about 1/2 way through.

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LynJoan
Feb 24, 2020

Well, here we go. I loved the book; the writing was tremendous although there is a ton of drug usage that portrays it to be panacea for several of the characters. I only got the book because the wait was so long for the film and in retrospect so glad that I went forward with reading this very long book. Turns out, the movie would make no sense at all if I hadn't read the book. The book is over a thousand pages; a mini series would have been so much better and may have begun to do justice to this wonderful writing, but that is not what was made. A movie was made. A film of "going through the motions" at its best. For those who haven't read the book but are considering the film skip it and get the book if you want a sample of brilliant writing. For those who read the book and are considering the film, it just may spoil your experience with the characters, so see it if you really must, but don't expect much.

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matcat44
Feb 16, 2020

Very dark and depressing.

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Chuls
Feb 07, 2020

Very slow. Inconsistent timelines. Terrible acting.

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sanfordbr
Feb 05, 2020

Outstanding cinema!

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janadbuckley
Jan 31, 2020

I tried the book form first, but the excessive wording made it difficult. Thankfully though, the book helped with the movie because had I not started with the text format I would have been lost from the beginning of the movie with the way the story was presented in what seemed to be some disjointed scenes. I understand it was trying to be presented with a sense of mystery and unique presentation, but I felt it just emoted frustration from a viewer's standpoint - feeling left out of 'being in the know' and trying to cover a long book in the time frame of an average movie length.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2020

I don't indulge in self-pity. It's true what I read. We're so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.
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"However mean your life is, meet it and live it. It is not so bad as you are.
Love your life, poor as it is."
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And what do we think about Thoreau's anti-commerce stance?
- I think it's stupid. I mean, if everybody just dropped out and moped around in the woods, what kind of society would we have?
It's irresponsible.
-Right. If it was just people like him, we wouldn't have stores, or television, or roads.
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I dream about my mom. I dream somebody tells me where she's living. It's like some old slum building across town. And I run there and I run up the stairs, but she's gone. She's always gone. It's not secret. She won't see me because it was my fault.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2020

Monologue at the beginning of film:

In Amsterdam, I dreamed I saw my mother again. She was just as glad to see me as I was to see her. Same beautiful pale blue eyes. Everything would've turned out better if she had lived. As it was, she died when I was a kid. And when I lost her... I lost sight of any landmark that might've led me some place happier. You see, her death was my fault. Everybody used to tell me that it wasn't. That it was a terrible accident. Which is all perfectly true. And I don't believe a word of it. It was my fault. Just like everything that's happened since. The painting. The painting. All my fault. I lost something that should have been immortal. I didn't mean to do it. Because what I've done cannot be undone. It doesn't matter that I'm going to die. But for all time, for as long as history is written, that painting will be remembered and mourned.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2020

(The book also began in Amsterdam but packed with more details:
WHILE I WAS STILL in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. ... (half a dozen pages later) ... Her death was my fault. Other people have always been a little too quick to assure me that it wasn’t; and yes, only a kid, who could have known, terrible accident, rotten luck, could have happened to anyone, it’s all perfectly true and I don’t believe a word of it. ...)

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2020

You talk about bad things you have done. And you blame yourself. You wish... wish you were dead. So we have done bad things. But maybe sometimes good can come from bad.

(The book's prose during the same moment:

“Well—I have to say I personally have never drawn such a sharp line between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as you. For me: that line is often false. The two are never disconnected. One can’t exist without the other. As long as I am acting out of love, I feel I am doing best I know how. But you—wrapped up in judgment, always regretting the past, cursing yourself, blaming yourself, asking ‘what if,’ ‘what if.’ ‘Life is cruel.’ ‘I wish I had died instead of.’ Well—think about this. What if all your actions and choices, good or bad, make no difference to God? What if the pattern is pre-set?... What if our badness and mistakes are the very thing that set our fate and bring us round to good? What if, for some of us, we can’t get there any other way?”... )

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