The Four Feathers Shekhar Kapur was onto something when he opted to remake this period chestnut -- about fraidycat British soldier Harry Feversham (Ledger), who goes undercover in… The Four Feathers Shekhar Kapur was onto something when he opted to remake this period chestnut -- about fraidycat British soldier Harry Feversham (Ledger), who goes undercover in…
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THE FOUR FEATHERS (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Feb 18, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, War; With: Kate Hudson and Heath Ledger; Distributors: Miramax and Paramount Pictures

Shekhar Kapur was onto something when he opted to remake this period chestnut -- about fraidycat British soldier Harry Feversham (Ledger), who goes undercover in Sudan -- as a critique of colonialism. Unfortunately, it's a trick the director can't quite pull off: As Feversham loses himself, the movie loses its coherence; by the time we're back in Old Blighty, the message is so muddled it's hard to care about colonialism, conquest, or the tepid love story anchored by a badly miscast Hudson.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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