Marie Colvin’s complicated life gets the oversimplified, grindingly earnest biopic treatment

Marie Colvin's complicated life gets the oversimplified, grindingly earnest biopic treatment

Dir: Matthew Heineman; Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander, Faye Marsay, Greg Wise. 15 cert, 110 mins.

On paper, a Marie Colvin biopic sounds like gripping viewing, perhaps in part because paper was the medium in which Colvin thrived. The late Sunday Times war correspondent was a celebrity journalist in the very best sense: it was impossible to flick past one of her reports, not least because of that un-flick-past-able byline photograph, with its eye-patch that served as both a stamp of her life-on-the-line authenticity, and subliminal nod towards her buccaneering fearlessness in pursuit of the latest scoop.

Watching Matthew Heineman’s film, though, the woman behind the words…

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