Keeping your memories alive in The Goldfinch

Director John Crowley has assembled a spectacular cast to bring Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE GOLDFINCH to the screen.

I’ve been beguiled by THE GOLDFINCH. Knowing the title of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel but never having read it, I came afresh to the trailer for the film adaptation that’s just been released online. And so an elliptical collection of images – some almost dreamlike – that depicts the journey of a young boy in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in an art gallery had me fascinated. The brilliant Jeffrey Wright appears. Then we see the fantastic Nicole Kidman (who seems to be in almost every movie at the moment). And we have a brief glimpse of the wonderful Sarah Paulson. Theodore, the young boy (played by Oakes Fegley from the remake of Pete’s Dragon) grows up to become Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort but his journey to manhood looks anything but smooth. Grief, addiction, crime and keeping your memories alive are all tied up with a painting called THE GOLDFINCH. I’m in.

John Crowley director of the sublime, Oscar-nominated Brooklyn has created an incredible-looking film if this trailer is anything to go by. And one that seems curiously even more timely than when Tartt wrote the book in 2013. Peter Straughan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Tomas Alfredson’s fabulous version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has adapted the novel and the rest of the spectacular cast which Crowley has assembled includes Luke Wilson as Theodore’s father, Aneurin Barnard as Theodore’s friend Boris and the marvellous Denis O’Hare.

So put the movie’s UK release date of 27 September in your diary as THE GOLDFINCH looks like being one of the films of the autumn. Check out the trailer and you’ll see what I mean…