Girl with a Pearl Earring - 6 stars out of 10
Vermeer's painting, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” is my favorite of all time. There is so much mystery filling the wide eyes of this young lady. Whose jewelry is she wearing, and who is she looking at with such a longing desire? The painting is marvelous and this film does a nice job of fictionalizing its creation. As a lover of this masterwork, I do take a small issue with the fact that Scarlett Johansson is not an identical match to the girl, but she portrays the character well and I am amazed at how plain the make-up artists were able to make her until she is subtly transformed into this iconic figure. The scene when he paints her is absolutely chilling if you are a fan of this work and Colin Firth brings life to Vermeer. While the story is slow at times and could be better, I'd recommend this unique period piece to any art fan out there. Absolutely beautiful.