Movie review: Albert Nobbs

By Columbus Alive
From the January 26, 2012 edition

Think Academy Awards nominations don’t matter to the box office? You don’t know as many Oscar completists as I do.

Glenn Close’s Best Actress nomination for “Albert Nobbs” will certainly draw an audience, but like her fellow nominee and presumed frontrunner Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” the performance is the best thing about the film.

Close plays the title character, a woman who dresses and lives like a man in order to maintain employment in 19th century Ireland.

Close is quite excellent, tense and restrained as a woman in constant fear that her secret will be revealed.

The movie, on the other hand, is more promise than fulfillment. It struggles to find focus, touching on class, gender and love, but not exploring any deeply enough to be worthy of the praise Close deserves.

There are worse movies on your ballot, but this is a disappointment.