6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful but stifling,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Age Of Innocence [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A Martin Scorsese film set in New York. Sound familiar? He's covered this territory before, but this time it's the 1870s and there isn't a gun in sight or an obscenity to be heard. Adapted from Edith Wharton's novel of the same name, 'The Age of Innocence' is the director's first costume period drama, telling the story of Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his passionate but unrequited love for the divorced Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). The film is really about the ultra-repressive social codes of the time, and the characters' absolute inability to break them. The costumes and setting are both beautiful, but you end up feeling as frustrated as Newland Archer himself, what with the lack of - for want of a better word - action!