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competently presented if rather silly story
on 28 November 2013
This was a pretty production with lots of focus on moist lips and sad eyes but....Oh boy what a silly story! Did Trollope really write something so silly? or is is novel suffering from being poorly translated to the screen? Do I care enough to read the book and find out? no!
Basically young man falls in love and marries pretty girl but after a few years of wedded bliss becomes wildly jealous and imagines all sorts of silly things about his wife based on little or no evidence. She refuses to compromise until he becomes mad to the point of death. So what was she hanging out for? I could not be bothered to work that one out.
To flesh out the silliness, there are side romances which perhaps are used to illustrate alternative views of love and wedded bliss: (1) heroine's sister and poor worthy young man, (2) greedy curate and two silly spinster sisters in competition for him, (3) worthy young woman and worthy young man.
I think a little bit of wit or a smarter script would have helped to maintain my flagging interest. I felt very sorry for the name actors in the production who have been involved in much better productions, but I suppose a salary is a salary and the clothes were pretty. For the rest... well I did not care very much by the end. Straight to the charity shop with this one!