BRIGHT STAR - burned dazzlingly in the firmament! GRADE: B-PLUS (Based on a advance VIP press preview)

Written September 18, 2009
Wed. Sept. 16. Director Jane Campion has done it again! Ms. Campion excelled at infusing her period dramas with the perfect ambiance/mood and took great care to maintain a steady pace throughout this 2hr poetic luminous ROMANTIC DRAMA. Abbie Cornish's performance is worthy of a Oscar nomination opposite a very talented Ben Whishaw - both playing well-developed EMO expressive characters. This artistic pathos-filled period DRAMA chronicled the tragic love affair between Fanny Brawne and the GREAT Romantic-era poet John Keats. Cinematography and direction and editing = excellent! Costumes and set-design = excellent! Plot = average. Acting and prose-like dialogue = captivatingly compelling. VERDICT: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this movie to a SOPHISTICATED and appreciative audience, fans of English period movies, and fans of artistic well-crafted period movies. Others will likely find this movie slow/boring and way over their heads.
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Gorgeous and romantic and Romantic

By LadyHawke47
Written September 23, 2009
This is gorgeous. Jane Campion has made a movie like a Keats poem: engaging all the senses; perfectly capturing a series of exquisite moments; a place where poetry is spoken as naturally as "leaves to a tree." Every performance is both understated and electric, Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw inhabit their roles effortlessly. Adults, teens in love with poetry, college folk both student and professor, lovers of luscious cinematography.
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A Beauty of a Film, but not for everyone

By chrysanthemum11
Written September 28, 2009
I realize my tastes are specialized when it comes to films. If you like a. literature and especially poetry; b. period flicks; c. moody British/Australian actors; d. thoughtful scriptwriting and subtle will not be disappointed in this film. It is a treat for the eye, the ear, the heart and the mind.
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Bright Star. Bright Indeed!

By Optimism
Written October 07, 2009
"A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER." And that is the exact description of this perfect film, the true tale of one of history's most passionate and heartbreaking love stories. If you adore Jane Austin's works, you'll be ENTHRALLED with this vibrant (!) and exquisite masterwork. FABULOUS acting. Gorgeously photographed. Wrenching emotion. A pulsating and unforgettable little jewel, with a new kind of heroine!
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By Glencorse
Written September 28, 2009
If you love Keats this is a must see movie. If you are moved by a doomed love go to this movie. It is very slow, as fits the era, it is beautifully styled and the art direction is superb. The cinematography is breathtaking and truly evokes the time and place. Very lyrical and definitely NOT for the impatient.
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