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Like Watching Paint Dry
, 8 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Bright Star [DVD] (DVD)
Admittedly, beautiful, heritage coloured paint, but paint still. It was so slow that by half way through I was yelling "for goodness sake, hurry up and get consumption!"
That fact that nothing happens leaves one free to dwell on how utterly unrealistic is this lovely dream-like vision of the early 19th century that we are presented with (though granted Campion and her designer are far from the only offenders in this). From the brilliant white paint on the walls to the many candles in every room almost everything about this vision is a 21st century invention. The heroine appears in an endless series of gorgeous silk dresses, just to hang around at home! Even given the explanation that she sews them herself, how on earth would she afford so many sumptous materials? Then there's my bete noir, a howler which appears in almost every costume drama, woman in organza dresses at Christmas. Do they have any idea how cold those houses were? Why do you think he had to go to Italy?
Of course none of these niggles would be noticed if there was a story to distract the viewer instead of just an endless sequence of beautifully composed pictures.
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