Wow, oh wow, oh wow!
Maybe that gives away my feelings for Vanity Fair a bit too early on in this mini-review but I thought the film was utterly fantasic. The set design, the acting, the story (duh!), the costumes, the entire package.
Reese Witherspoon (who I was amazed to discover was in films such as Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama - which just goes to show you shouldn't judge someone on the roles they took earlier in their career!) is a brilliant Rebecca Sharp. Sexy, intelligent and cunning. Rhys Ifans (William Dobbin), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (George Osborne), James Purefoy (Rawdon Crawley), Gabriel Bryne (The Marquess of Steyne), Megwyn Owen (Lady Crawley) and Romola Garai (Amelia Sedley) all put in excellant roles to name just a few.
I will admit that I am a sucker for period dramas but isn't it surprising that two of my favourites have been directed by Asians? (Vanity Fair is directed by Mira Nair who was born in India and Elizabeth is directed by Shekhar Kapur who was born in Lahore in what is now Pakistan). It seems that bringing the flair of British period dramas to life has gone east, and may more follow if the results are like this.
I don't know what the critics have been saying about it but I've read some very mixed on-line reviews from viewers. Apparently 'creative license' has been taken with the story - but then name me a film where it hasn't been. So I guess if you're a fan of the book go and watch it without a prior opinion on what to expect but if you, like me, haven't read the book but like a good film then get to your local cinema NOW! :-p
School Report: A (Nuff Said)