This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Nicole Kidman, left, and Ansel Elgort in a scene from "The Goldfinch," in theaters on Sept. 13. (Nicole Rivelli/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
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Everything is beautiful in John Crowley's adaptation of "The Goldfinch," even the grilled cheese sandwich that a kind stranger makes for a boy who has just lost his mother.Like its well-pressed and repressed Anglo-Saxon protagonists, the film keeps the drama, the emotion and the catharsis at a tidy and safely compartmentalized distance, making the experience of sitting with this 2 1/2 hour film a unique and perplexing one."The Goldfinch" is about a man, Theo Decker (played, at 13, by Oakes Fegley and as an adult by Ansel Elgort), who is bound by a childhood trauma that he's never been able to convince himself was not his fault.First, a dying man asks Theo to take his ring back to his business partner, Hobie (Jeffrey Wright).Adult Theo is far less engaging than his teen counterpart.
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