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The Age of Innocence (1993)
Beautiful to look at, that's it.
Exquisite cinematography, art direction and costume design. That's it. Joanne Woodward's narration is weak and her voice lacks polish. A different actress, one from New York particularly, might have carried the narration stronger. Beatrice Straight comes to mind. Had she been alive, Colleen Dewhurst (not from NY) would have added class and her voice and its beautiful eloquence would have matched the visual. I think this was a major problem. Woodward reads the narration as if she was Beatrice Potter. Daniel Day- Lewis is exceptional as always but the two female leads are playing dress up at the High school play. Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder are talented actors but are both miscast or were overwhelmed by the script, which is intelligent but overwrought. Scorcese should have speeded up the actors. A better director for this type of film should have been Sidney Lumet. I still give it a 7, nonetheless.