Serena (15)**

Good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, so too does Serena.

Friday, 24th October 2014, 12:22 pm
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

Shot in the early summer of 2012, just as the first instalment of The Hunger Games was exploding on the big screen, Susanne Bier’s blood-smeared period drama has taken a long time to navigate the choppy waters of post-production.

Meanwhile, luminous lead stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have become the toast of Hollywood with their on-screen pairings in the Oscar-winning romance Silver Linings Playbook and swinging crime caper American Hustle.

In Serena, they play love-struck newlyweds, who succumb to jealousy and poisonous desire in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

Serena feels like it has been crudely bolted together in the editing room.