Mr. Movie

'The Red Violin' hits right note

The film’s main character is a violin.

Francios Girard’s (32 Short Films about Glenn Gould) 1998 classic starts with the wife of the maker of violins getting her fortune told. How predictions about her life fit into his greatest creation, the red violin unfolds a scene and character at a time.

Girard follows the violin through the centuries as it travels from country to country, and culture to culture before ending up at a present day auction.

Its unique story gives the violin near mystical status as you learn from the cast’s anchor Samuel L. Jackson. He is an antique expert who realizes a legend is in his possession.

Through a series of impressive flashbacks unique clues are unveiled about the relationship of the violin to its maker’s wife, to the maker and to history.

All movies deserve to be seen on a big screen, but few absolutely must be seen on one. Stunning cinematography, beautifully framed images, patient storytelling, deep, rich characters, lavish set and incredible music make The Red Violin one of them.

Don’t miss it.

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated R for mature themes, brief nudity. It plays Friday, May 15 only at 8 p.m. at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.