The Netflix True Story Tear-jerker With Marvel’s Biggest Star

By TeeJay Small | Published

These days, Ryan Reynolds is best known for portraying Wade Wilson, the quick-witted merc with a mouth who slays heroes and villains alike alongside assorted members of the X-Men. What many Marvel fans may not realize, however, is that Ryan Reynolds has a long and storied career in slow, measured, artsy films, including 2015’s Woman In Gold. The film, which is currently available to stream on Netflix, centers on the true story of a woman fighting against the red tape of international governments in order to reclaim her family’s stolen property, which Nazis seized in World War 2.

Woman In Gold Available On Netflix

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Woman In Gold is available to stream on Netflix, though licensing issues have left members of the ad-supported tiers unable to access it. If you’d like to catch the star-studded biographical drama, you’ll have to ensure that your subscription to the streamer is in the $15.49 per month and above category. The film was written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Simon Curtis, with an all-star cast featuring big names from Marvel, Game of Thrones, and Fast and Furious.

An All-Star Cast

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren lead the cast of Woman In Gold, alongside Katie Holmes, Max Irons, Tatiana Maslany, Elizabeth McGovern, and Game of Thrones alumnus Jonathan Pryce and Charles Dance. The film also includes a pivotal performance from another member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Daniel Brühl, who portrayed Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Andrew Garfield was originally cast in Ryan Reynolds’ role, though he departed the film before shooting due to scheduling issues.

Based On A True Story

Woman In Gold centers on the true life story of Maria Altmann, who successfully fled Nazi forces in Vienna, only to lose all of her family’s priceless heirlooms to the Axis powers. Many years after the war has concluded, Altmann attempts to repossess her rightful inheritance, while running a clothing store in Los Angeles. After the passing of her sister in 1998, Maria learned that her sister had previously attempted, unsuccessfully, to recover belongings, including priceless artwork and jewelry, from the Austrian government.

A Different Type Of World War Two Movie

Maria’s aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, served as the subject of a lavish painting called The Woman in Gold, of which Austria’s art minister has become incredibly fond. A diamond choker belonging to Altmann’s late aunt also became the personal possession of Hermann Göring’s wife, making the task of recovering these goods exceptionally difficult. In 1998, Altmann enlisted the assistance of E. Randol Schoenberg, a lawyer fresh out of law school, to petition the Austrian government for her rightful belongings.

A Quiet Success On The Big Screen

Together, Altmann and Schoenberg jump through a series of hoops and legalese to reclaim her belongings, fighting lies, deceit, and greed along the way. Today, the Woman in Gold hangs in the Neue Galerie in New York, marking Altmann’s ultimate success and the incredible story. The film, which premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, took in over $61 million at the global box office, with an estimated production budget of only $11 million, making the film a massive financial success.

For those interested in catching Woman In Gold, the film is currently available to stream on Netflix.