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It's not THAT good!,
This review is from: An Education [DVD]  (DVD)
I was so looking forward to seeing this film having missed it in the cinema. As a uber fan of 1960's British cinema anticipation was high. The prospect of a lazy, rainy Saturday afternoon on my own with a DVD beckoned. The credits were fabulous - a perfect homage to the period. But then.....ummmm....that uneasy feeling that perhaps (dare I even THINK it?) this isn't all it's cracked up to be? This made the Best Film Oscar shortlist? How many BAFTA nominations?
To be fair, Carey Mulligan IS a star. "Lights up the screen" is a cliche but she is worthy of it. Also, she can act. This star-making performance, though covered up a really clunky and thin script. The film is, ultimately pointless. A "So what! Who cares?" experience. Key relationships - including the central love affair - weren't explored in any great depth. There was no real sense how shocking this affair must have been. The characters were all thinly sketched, and it was particularly galling that the supporting female cast, who had huge potential to make the film infinitely more interesting, were underwritten. Olivia Williams' teacher, Rosamund Pike's glorious air head and Jenny's mother - why underuse such wonderful performers?
I did get the film. I just don't get what the huge fuss has been about. See it without high expectations and you'll probably enjoy it. Expect to see the "film of the year" and you won't.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2010 13:43:44 BDT
M. Simms says:
I completely agree with this review - it's a well-made film, it's nice, but that's about it. It's film-making-by-numbers, with nothing to draw you to want to think about it afterwards.
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