Brideshead Revisited

2008-12-12 12:49
 
What it's about:

Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), and then his sophisticated sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell).

The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.

What the critics said

"The celebrated Evelyn Waugh novel and 1981 BBC miniseries Brideshead Revisited have put the unusually titled story into cultural consciousness. The adapted miniseries brought the characters to life and cemented the epic journey of class awareness."
Adam Fendelman - [HollywoodChicago.com]

"f it's a choice between the movie's 135 minutes or the 659 minutes of the miniseries, I'd say it's no choice at all. The shorter version is the one that seems long."
Joe Morgenstern - [Wall Street Journal]

"[A] lazy, complacent film, which takes the novel's name in vain."
A.O. Scott - [New York Times]

"Will disappoint viewers who know Waugh's writing or the Granada production, while a younger audience unfamiliar with either won't care enough about rich Brits between the wars."
Rex Roberts - [Film Journal International]

" Ratings Image Allowing auds sufficient retro-aristo-lifestyle sumptuousness for their dollar, yet exhibiting admirable, intelligent directorial restraint, this Brideshead is mainstream arthouse fare par excellence."
Dennis Harvey -[Variety]

"This new Brideshead takes a step in the right direction, but it's time some radical writer or filmmaker dared to leave out the dim Julia charade and let Charles and Sebastian play out their Isherwood/Auden Oxford love match to its full."
Dan Callahan -[Slant Magazine]



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Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), and then his sophisticated sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell).

The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.

grant aubin 2008/11/24 8:00 AM
Brideshead Revisited review BRIDSHEAD REVISITED with Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Emma Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Michael Gambon and Greta Scacchi, directed by Julian Jarrold. Rating: 6/10 . MANY fans of glossy, picturesque British period dramas will enjoy this beautifully costumed, strikingly photographed adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's famous novel, which was made into an award-winning Granada television series in 1981. The new film has a solid cast and an immaculate creative pedigree. Director Julian Jarrold also made the 1999 mini-series "Great Expectations" and the recent arthouse hit, "Becoming Jane", and the script was written by Andrew Davies (the classic BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice") and Jeremy Brock ("The Last King of Scotland"). However, this version of "Brideshead Revisited" is more for audiences who have never read Waugh's book or seen the spellbinding 11 hour TV series starring Jeremy Irons. It looks gorgeous (like the TV series, it was shot mainly at Castle Howard) and will please local cin
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