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Just watched the movie version of Vanity Fair and drew the following conclusions.
It bears little resemblance to the excellent BBC version of some years ago.For one thing; the main character(Becky Sharp) has been
sanatised out of all proportions. Indeed; it would appear she's been elevated to the rank of Sainthood by the film's Director!
Most of the male leads have little to do except appear as "male totty" for the ladies to admire. The actor playing Captain Dobbin
(a pivitol character) gives a very wooden performance throughout the film.
I found the best way to approach the film, was to view it as a
big budget version of a Catherine Cookson story.Indeed; the first
15 minutes of the film give this feeling(including the flowery
musical soundtrack)....so: going on this assumption; the movie is
a great vehicle for Reece Witherspoon(who outacts everyone else).
The settings are elaborate and very colourful. There's a running
Indian theme thoughout the film which is reflected in some of the
costumes...I felt that the movies strongest point was way it assaults your eyes..
And of course,it has a happy ending (it actually has 2 happy endings!). As I said before, If you like Catherine Cookson you'll
love this film.
But: if it's the story of Vanity Fair you want,read the book or
get the BBC version.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2007 15:09:06 GMT
Shobha Varma says:
Hi, "meconicuk" , I am Shobha Varma from South India. But for your review, I surely would have ordered "VANITY FAIR". I am not a great Mira Nair or Deepa Mehta fan. Like you wrote in your review, one would be much better of watching the BBC version. But even BBC versions are sometimes hopeless. Example: DRACULA starring Louis Jordan. It surely is one of the worst picturisations of Stoker's Book. Especially the acting. Louis Jordan looks like he came straight from the sets of "Octopussy". He portrays the Count like a 'Bond-villain'. Coppola's version is till now, the BEST. Back to the matter at hand, poor Thackery would be turning in his grave.
Posted on 21 May 2012 22:36:52 BDT
This film must be truly dire if Reece Witherspoon out acts the rest of the cast.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 08:00:28 GMT
I think you're unfair on Reese Witherspoon. She may appear in a lot of fluff n nonsense, but she's a talented actress.
My concern about this film would be the amount of compression required to reduce a big sprawling book to movie length. Plus meconicuk's well-taken warnings.
Still, for four quid it's worth a go and will be interesting for a Vanity Fair admirer to see even if it doesn't convince. Something to talk about, what?
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