The first of Tom Hanks' Film Stars and I, Cold Blood is a four-part drama series in which Hanks plays a politician who falls in love with a teenage girl and becomes engaged to her. Of course, his career as a politician goes down the drain after an old political rival attempts to kill him, and he travels to Africa to seek retribution. It is a semi-mythical tale that tells of the politics of love and life. As the name suggests, "Cold Blood" in English means "freezing blood" in Portuguese.
The Movie is available on DVD as part of the Serie de Clasificos DVD Collection. The Movie was originally released as part of the Disney's Hundred Day Film Project in 2020, though it has since been included in other collections. The Movie was also released in the US on June 14, 2020 as part of the Disney Classic Pack.
It follows the same basic structure as the other movies in the series, themes of family and passion are the main themes. Instead of being about a man in his thirties coming to Africa and marrying a little black girl, it is a story about a nineteen-year-old girl being forced to marry a rich white man. The movie starts when the girl's father sends her to live with her Uncle, who is visiting Johannesburg for work. She hates her new home, as she feels that her new housekeeper is treating her terribly, and she thinks about escaping, but Uncle convinces her that he would only leave her if he was assured of a large sum of money.
On her arrival at her Uncle's home, the girl meets her future husband, who shows her a grand and lavish villa he owns in the South Africa countryside. They are married immediately. After her wedding, she keeps telling her husband that she would like to leave, and he eventually agrees.
One of the most important aspects of the movie is that it shows the challenges of growing up in a family of highly educated, wealthy people. The girl is supposed to be of the lowest caste of the community, but is able to rise above it and be able to marry a man who is a master politician and can back up his words with actual wealth. The movie illustrates what happens when love is twisted by power and greed.
Another aspect of the Movie Series is that they show the politics of a country in crisis, as nations are fighting for control of South Africa. In the film, the white minority tries to gain a hold over the whole of Africa, in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip with other nations to gain their support. The famous philosopher Nelson Mandela attempts to hold the balance of power in Africa, but fails miserably in doing so. The movie reveals that he was overthrown by the more cunning and well-organized African faction.
Many critics in the film and book praised it, while others criticized it for being too slick and melodramatic. Both camps have valid points.
Fans of Tom Hanks will surely enjoy this movie. The movie is a fun watch and well worth seeing if you enjoy high stakes drama and top notch performances. The Movie also offers a lot of insight into the politics of the era, making the story even more compelling and enjoyable.