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by Ashley Wallace (subscribe)
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Published December 17th 2014
Lawrence and Cooper star in romantic film
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

The uber attractive Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as newlyweds in Serena, set in Depression-era North Carolina. Serena is an adaptation of Ron Rash's 2008 novel.

The film tells the story of Serena and George Pemberton and their timber business. With her glamorous clothing and blonde bob, Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man with her noble business ideas and own work ethic.

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Many passionate scenes of the early days of the newlywed's romance are shown, as George idolises Serena for taking down any man that stands in the way of their business. However, their romance which takes a surprising turn as Serena learns about a secret George is desperate to keep from her. Here the film takes a dramatic turn, and the mood changes from bright to black with murder surprisingly making its way into the plot.

There isn't much of an opportunity to get to know any of the other characters in the film besides the leading duo, as the film captures moment after moment of their relationship. You will gain more of an insight into the relationship than the history at the time when North Carolina was hard hit with Depression.

The film is complete with stunning photography not only of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but of colourful shots of steam trains and scenery in the forest region of North Carolina.

If anything, seeing Bradley Cooper as the bad guy alongside Lawrence makes the film worth a visit.

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