Written August 07, 2008
lOVED THIS MOVIE AS i AM A PERIOD DRAMA FAN ANYWAY. tHIS IS FILMED ON LOCATION AT HOWARDS CASTLE IN YORKSHIRIE THE SAME PLACE AS THE BBC ADAPTAION OF THE BOOK. NICE VIEWS OF YORKSHIRE,OXFORD UNIVERSITY ,VENICE AND MOROCCO. seT IN BRITAIN JUST BEFORE WORLD WAR . STRONG MAIN CHARACTERS BUT PERIFERAL CHARACTERS NOT DEVELOPED ENOUGH BUT VERY WELL DONE IN THE TIME LIMITATION OF A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. I WILL DEFINATELY WATCH IT AGAIN . EMMA THOMPSON WAS EXCELLENT.
Written August 01, 2008
If you're a fan of English period pieces like Room with a View, Howard's End, Shadowlands, etc., you'll probably love this movie. Most people, though, will be like the gentleman seated in front of me who was audibly snoring halfway into the movie. I expect it will receive Oscar nominations in categories such as art direction, costumes and at least one acting category (Supporting Actor), none of which will translate to more than a week or so in the first-run theaters. That may actually be a blessing because many of its rich, atmospheric, quiet scenes were offset by the BOOM-BOOM-BOOM coming through the walls of the multiplex from The Mummy playing next door.
Written August 21, 2008
Interesting twist on love at a young age and between different classes and religious beliefs. Each character wants out of their own place in life. Its a great period type movie with great acting by all the characters.
Long but definitely worth the price of a ticket
Written July 29, 2008
Great cast, superb scenery, complicated but understandable story. It is worth the price of admission just to see the many shots of Castle Howard, one of England's greatest palaces. A film for literate adults, since it is based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, and young women in particular.
Written August 03, 2008
For anyone who loved either the novel or the 11 part 1981 BBC series, this will come as a disappointment. There is no time in less than two hours to portray neither the languid--in a good sense--quality of life at Oxford nor the nature of non-sexual "romantic friendships" between college boys in those days. Also, Emma Thompson, great actress that she is was entire too rigid to be attractive to anyone. She comes across as a Mother Superior in aristocratic finery. Very one note and that note rings as "YOU ARE BAD". Claire Bloom in the series had beauty and a "toffee nosed" charm as her weapons. In all, it was not a moving film with none of the heart wrenching quality that was in the book and the series. And to top it all, Charles Ryder is made out to be the villain of the piece rather than the victim. Seeing Castle Howard in Yorkshire again was a pleasure. It is always stunning to try and translate the amount of money it must have cost to build in the early 17th C. into current values