- 1 hr 42 min
Serena is a 2014 American drama film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the lead roles. It is directed by Susanne Bier and written by Christopher Kyle, based on a novel by Ron Rash. Set in North Carolina during the Great Depression, the film tells the story of George and Serena Pemberton, a young couple who struggle to maintain their timber empire and their marriage.
George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), a wealthy and ambitious timber magnate, falls in love with Serena (Jennifer Lawrence), a beautiful, strong-willed woman. They soon marry and George brings her into his business as his equal, making her the de facto manager of his logging operations in the mountains of North Carolina. Serena proves to be a skilled and capable partner, but her past and present begin to catch up with her.
As the Pembertons work to expand their empire, they face competition from a rival logging company and opposition from the locals, who rely on the forest for their livelihoods. Serena is determined to protect her family's interests, but her ruthless tactics and disregard for the environment and human life begin to take a toll on George and their relationship.
Complicating matters is the fact that Serena is unable to have children, which drives a wedge between her and George. He begins to see her in a different light, realizing that she is not the ideal woman he thought she was. George's past also resurfaces in the form of a son he fathered with another woman, who threatens to reveal the truth to Serena.
As tensions mount and the stakes grow higher, the Pembertons must confront their own flaws and failures. Serena becomes increasingly obsessed with achieving her goals, no matter the cost, and George is forced to confront his own demons. In a world where money and power reign supreme, their love and loyalty are put to the ultimate test.
The film's stunning visuals and beautiful scenery capture the beauty and majesty of the North Carolina mountains, while the intricate plot and complex characters make for a gripping and emotionally charged drama. Cooper and Lawrence deliver powerful performances as the troubled couple, bringing depth and humanity to their flawed characters.
Rhys Ifans also delivers a standout performance as Galloway, a ruthless tracker and enforcer employed by the Pembertons. His intimidating presence and coldly calculated actions add to the tension and danger that permeates the film.
Serena is a compelling and thought-provoking film that explores themes of love, power, ambition, and the consequences of our actions. It is a testament to the talent of its cast and crew, and an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Serena is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4 and a MetaScore of 36.