Monday, August 25, 2008

Brideshead Revisited, Revisited

Oh snap! Honey, The New York Times will cut you if they ain't like yo' filmz, ok?

I have never seen Brideshead Revisited or read the book (I hear my friend Joe gasp and wonder how he has failed me as a life guide) so I was excited to see the film yesterday, especially since I managed to Just Say No to movie popcorn.

Personally, I loved it. It was a fantastic story, beautiful cinematography, and very English in that it was so easy to read what was below the surface of the characters, though they certainly weren't doing much to verbalize. I have lots of British friends and I don't think any of them would be offended by me recognizing they're masters of the emotional facade. "Just get it sorted and get on with it," I hear them say.

In a sense I am inspired by that, but at the same time I find it disenchanting. Order, structure, and direction are good things when we're taking charge of a situation. But acknowledging the obvious - the human condition - is important as well.

Overall, if you have no preconceived Brideshead notions, I would recommend seeing this film.

It's been forever and a day since I've paid attention to what's in the queue for theatrical releases, and several trailers looked quite compelling. One in particular was Blindness, starring Julianne Moore. I could watch her hang wallpaper and think it was award-worthy.

1 comment:

Jane said...

You MUST see the original BBC production, or we're through. Do you hear me?