Written October 06, 2008
The Duchess is a fascinating look at the lifestyles of the rich and famous and royalty of late 18th century England. According to the movie, the duchess was the toast of England, influential in politics and imposing fashion. The recreation of the era, from the clothes to the wigs, was outstanding. "Everybody has a lover!" is one line in the movie that makes you wonder if much has changed in 225 years.
Written September 19, 2008
Last night, I attended the advance press screening of this sumptuous movie-adaptation of Amanda Foreman's biographical novel of the charismatic Duchess of Devonshire, Lady Georgiana Spencer Cavendish(an ancestress of the late Princess Diana).
The costumes and sets were gorgeous painstakingly handsomely lush detailed.
The wigs - especially - will blow you over.
All-in-all, the above were visually dazzling!
The superb Oscar-worthy acting was delivered by Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling. Kudos to the rest of the cast.
However, the story/plot suffered from the distraction of a love-triangle(quadrangle?) - and gave us few/little insights as to why her Ladyship was a distinguished influential aristocrat of her time. This is supposed to be a historical drama! The movie did fleetingly touch on politics, sexism/feminism, and importance of family and friendship.
If you are a fan of period dramas and love stories, this movie will enthrall you.
Written October 14, 2008
I loved this movie. The costuming, set decoration, visuals of the British countryside.......beautiful. It was very interesting, (this is based on a true story) how this Duchess of Devonshire's life parallels that of Princess Diana in many ways. Just an amazing story told very well. I am glad I saw it in the theater.
I give it an A-
Written September 30, 2008
Ms. Knightly in 18th century dress. Fiennes brother. Tale of uppity politically minded young wife. You should get a thoroughly transfixing drama. What you get is like putting a cheeseburger in a blender. All there, but intolerable.
What's missing? The script in theory is perfect. If I were to story-board it, first she's a happy teenager, then she's married to an emotionally stunted man, then life isn't the fairy tale she thought, then she rebels, then she's scandalized for rebelling. Along the way, there is many a scene in which genius could have been had. Nope. Sure, a few shrieked scenes and wailing, but there isn't enough substance before or after to know WHY. It's all a little too rushed, despite the film being 2 hours+. It's like me telling you that the neighbors are unhappy vs. telling you all about his other woman and how the wife found out. Same story, but one is much more fun. Not that unhappy marriages are fun, but you get the idea.
Written October 14, 2008
Great movie! Was surprised at how interesting it was and how it held my attention completely through the film...Kiera Knightly was supurb and am not a big period picture fan, but this was wonderful..So glad I didn't live back in the late 1700's being a woman!