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Glossy but boring -- changed the ending to make it Hollywood
on 2 February 2006
Oh my, I wish I hadn't wasted neigh on two hours of my life to watch this. I love Reese Witherspoon and really do want her to make a good movie. But this isn't it.
Good points first -- beautiful! Visual stunner of a film, thanks to the director of photography, set designer, costume designer, make-up people... anyone who had anything to do with the visuals gets a thumbs up.
Bad points -- the director plays it safe and, therefore, everything is boring. This is supposed to be a stinging story about one of literatures most notorious social climbers. This woman is supposed to be the original material girl, serious bad news, out for herself, character you love to hate and hate that you love her. But not in this glossy film. Reese is sweet as pie and they had to change the ending so that we can have a Hollywood/Disney photo op to close out on. Ugghhh!
Well, I hear there is a BBC version out there that I might give a try.