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The Invisible Woman (2013)
The Dilatory Tail of the "Invisible" Woman
The director, Ralph Fiennes, tells a story about a young woman who has an affair with the famous writer, Charles Dickens (played by Ralph Fiennes). Like many mistresses of that day, Nelly (played by Felicity Jones) must not be out in public, hence the title of the movie. The plot idea is interesting but the movie itself is slow and boring. Over all I give this movie a 70% out of a 100%.
The level of acting in this movie is about 80% out of 100%. Joanna Scanlan, who plays Mrs. Dickens, did a wonderful job in this movie. Her character was very compelling and she had the right level of emotions at the proper time for her character to really develop. Ralph Fiennes, playing Charles Dickens, also acted very well. His character was inviting and the audience is able to see why a young girl like Nelly would fall for an older man like Dickens. Felicity Jones, playing Nelly didn't leave me with much of an impression, good or bad. I feel like some of the scenes could have used a bit more on the emotional level but that could be the fault of the character development.
The character and relation development in this movie was bad. I would rate it at 65% out of 100%. They never really showed the development of a relationship between Nelly and Charles Dickens. They showed hints of it for a long time and when they finally get together they don't show the fun in their relationship. Nelly has left her good name behind to be with this man and the movie doesn't show if it is really worth it. They show one scene of them enjoying time together and it is of Nelly watching him write as they sit under a tree. The relationship between Nelly and her other family members aren't really clear. I can understand not focusing very much on that aspect but I fell like that could have taken up more of the storyline. I fell like that would have helped the audience connect to her more because they would know about where she is coming from.
Nelly's state of invisibility wasn't emphasized enough during the movie. It showed her living in a house alone but it didn't show how she suffered by being the other woman. The loneliness and isolation from society wasn't clearly shown. That should have been the driving point of this movie.
The one relationship that I felt developed really well was the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Dickens. From the beginning of the movie it shows that they aren't really connected any more. When he introduces his family, she is the last to be introduced and his tone suggest that he almost forgot that she was there. She is often shown wearing a placid face while watching him be the center of attention and ignoring her. In one scene, as Dickens walks in on her naked she rushes to cover herself. I feel like this really shows that she isn't really connected with him anymore. They have at least ten children together and yet she is uncomfortable being naked in front of her husband. The one scene in the movie that was really powerful for me was when he had boards put up in the doorway between their rooms. The scene shows her to be literally cut off from her husband as he moves on with another woman.
The thing that really brought down the level of enjoyment for me was the speed of the movie. They took such a long time with the introduction stage of the movie that they didn't have enough time to really develop the characters and some of the major plot points. Over all I feel like there are better movies to be seen in this genre.