WORST TROUBLED SOUL
Chris O’Donnell, “In Love and War”(1996)
Even at 18, a young Ernest Hemingway was itching for the escape of war and adventures far beyond Oak Park, Ill. He might not yet have developed into the swaggering thrill seeker in drunken pursuit of wild game and difficult women, but he also wasn’t the milquetoast stiff depicted by Chris O’Donnell in “In Love and War.” This loose adaptation of the love letters between Hemingway and his World War I nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky, someone eight years his senior, cemented O’Donnell as Hollywood’s consummate Zeppo. After seeing Corey Stoll’s brilliant portrayal of “Papa” Hemingway in his French “A Moveable Feast” era, I wanted to give O’Donnell a Wallace Stevens-sized beatdown for past transgressions.