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3.0 out of 5 stars The trial of Enid Blyton, 30 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Enid [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I have never seen a biopic with so little sympathy for its subject.
Even Hitler usually gets better treatment. Although Helena Bonham
Carter delivers yet another great performance, Enid Blyton remains a
very one dimensional character not to say that she is portrayed as cold
and downright evil. Blyton's writing (more than 750 books) is shown as
compulsive escapism from her own adulthood to an idealized childhood
because her own childhood ended for her when her father left the
family. Blyton seems to love children as a concept but has no emotional
bond with her own daughters. As to why she treats her first husband so
badly never becomes really clear, apparently it has to do with the fact
that to some extent he was a father figure for her who ultimately had
to disappoint her as a self fulfilling prophecy. That leaves the
question open as to why her second marriage seems to work. There are
occasions in that film where the viewer is just appalled by the evil of
Blyton's interaction with people she loves but no one can really be
evil and cold all the time. So this portray unfortunately misses the
richness of any person's character and is more or less the trial of
Enid Blyton. My other misgiving about the film is that it is simply too short to allow character development or even orientation so that I got the impression that her children stayed forever in their teens and she was suddenly 47. All in all historic context was missing completely.
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Initial post: 31 May 2014 01:19:08 BDT
Anne Graham says:
Thank you for some interesting comments. I recently reviewed the DVD on Amazon and made similar conclusions. I didn't like the film and I didn't identify with Helena as Enid at all. I felt that such a brilliant writer of childrens books, who brought so much happiness to millions of children, had been very unfairly and cruelly treated in this film. And I was appalled and saddened by the disgraceful BBC attitude to Enid. All I can say is that such a brilliant and prolific writer of so many hundreds of books must not have had much time for her own personal life, and perhaps her family suffered somewhat from this fact. However in my family we love you and what you have created Enid! I wonder if anyone will make another film on Enid Blyton that treats her more fairly and develops the characters to a greater extent? I certainly hope so. Maybe a documentary too.
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