The Goldfinch

A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.

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Film Cast:

  • Theodore Decker: Ansel Elgort
  • Young Theodore Decker: Oakes Fegley
  • Samantha Barbour: Nicole Kidman
  • James ‘Hobie’ Hobart: Jeffrey Wright
  • Larry Decker: Luke Wilson
  • Xandra: Sarah Paulson
  • Kitsey Barbour: Willa Fitzgerald
  • Boris Pavlikovsky: Aneurin Barnard
  • Young Boris Pavlikovsky: Finn Wolfhard
  • Pippa: Ashleigh Cummings
  • Young Pippa: Aimee Laurence
  • Welton ‘Welty’ Blackwell: Robert Joy
  • Mr. Barbour: Boyd Gaines
  • Young Kitsey Barbour: Carly Connors
  • Platt Barbour: Luke Kleintank
  • Theo’s Mother: Hailey Wist
  • Andrew ‘Andy’ Barbour: Ryan Foust
  • Young Platt Barbour: Jack DiFalco
  • Adult Toddy Barbour: Austin Weyant
  • Young Toddy Barbour: Collin Shea Schirrmacher
  • Young Tom Cable: Nicky Torchia
  • Lucius Reeve: Denis O’Hare
  • Mr. Silver: Peter Jacobson
  • Dave: Joey Slotnick
  • Adult Tom Cable: Gordon Winarick
  • Em: Caroline Day
  • Mrs. Vogel: Pamela Dunlap
  • Shirley T: Misha Osherovich
  • Middle School Student: Aidan Kennedy
  • Social Worker: Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Doorman: Kevin D. McGee
  • Middle School Student: Hannah Kurczeski
  • Gyuri: Matteo van der Grijn
  • Mr. Pavlikovsky: Kevin Owen McDonald
  • Boy on Street at Airport: Nick Vorsselman
  • Vegas Teacher: Hank Rogerson
  • Doorman: Scott Eliasoph
  • Detective #2: Robert Turano
  • Detective #1: Don Castro
  • Paramedic: Rick Bolander
  • Bar Patron – Restaurant: Vincent Tumeo
  • Race: Ben Hollandsworth
  • Indonesian Man: Gerson Oratmangoen
  • Female Social Worker: Angela Covello
  • Student: Dylan Boyd
  • Mr. Beeman: James Donahower
  • Store Owner: Alma Cuervo

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
  • Casting: Ellen Chenoweth
  • Production Design: K.K. Barrett
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Skip Lievsay
  • Producer: Brad Simpson
  • Executive Producer: Mari-Jo Winkler
  • Executive Producer: Kevin McCormick
  • Screenplay: Peter Straughan
  • Director: John Crowley
  • Line Producer: Erwin Godschalk
  • Sound Designer: Blake Leyh
  • Producer: Nina Jacobson
  • Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo
  • Supervising Art Director: Deborah Jensen
  • Costume Design: Kasia Walicka-Maimone
  • Editor: Kelley Dixon
  • Makeup Department Head: Evelyne Noraz
  • Construction Coordinator: Joseph A. Alfieri Jr.
  • Visual Effects: Matthew T. Griffin
  • Makeup Designer: Kyra Panchenko
  • Associate Producer: Maarten Swart
  • Hair Department Head: Mandy Lyons
  • Sound Designer: Lawrence Zipf
  • Visual Effects Editor: Perri B. Frank
  • Visual Effects: Aaron Raff
  • Visual Effects Editor: Rachel Ambelang
  • Co-Producer: Margaret Chernin
  • Makeup Artist: Karla Muenze
  • Executive Producer: Courtenay Valenti
  • Makeup Artist: Jackie Risotto
  • Novel: Donna Tartt
  • Executive Producer: Sue Kroll
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Lesley Robson-Foster
  • Visual Effects Producer: Parker Chehak
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Ruben Rodas
  • Visual Effects Editor: Grant Anderson
  • Makeup Artist: Erica Whelan
  • Original Music Composer: Trevor Gureckis
  • Hairstylist: Jamie Amadio
  • Key Hair Stylist: Gina Leone
  • Makeup Artist: Kim Taylor
  • Visual Effects Editor: Mark DiStefano
  • Makeup Artist: Yasmina Smith-Tyson
  • Visual Effects: Shannen Miceli
  • Visual Effects: Marc Goldfine
  • Visual Effects Editor: Eric Lorenz
  • Visual Effects Editor: Erin Sullivan
  • Visual Effects Editor: Paul Daniel

Movie Reviews:

  • Peter McGinn: This movie apparently had a firestorm of mixed reviews and comparisons to the Pulitzer Prize winnings book swirling around it – and I missed it all. Thankfully.

    I enjoyed the movie, though it wouldn’t make a list of my favorites. It is told by jumping forward and backward in time, which allows filmmakers to withhold key or dramatic details of the plot as long as possible. This seemed stunning and revolutionary way back when I watched Pulp Fiction, but now of course a lot of movies play with event sequencing. (I suppose one of the foreshadowing of this technique was Citizen Kane, like, what the hell does Rosebud mean?)

    So I am comfortable knowing that some things may take a while to make sense. This movie is all over the place: geographically and plot-wise, but I was fine with it. Sometimes I like a movie that dares me to pay attention.

    Given the hysterical nature of some of the negative reviews, I feel I might want to read the novel, but I understand it is rather long, and so is my reading list!

    I would say that if you aren’t a person who hates movies made from your favorite books, give this one a watch – just let it wash over you. My final comment is: I really like the Boris character, who drops into the action a couple of times. Where is his movie? Hmm, maybe he shows up more in the book. Sigh, okay, it goes onto my reading list.

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