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Not usually a fan of period dramas, but this one was great.
Lady Bird was great back in 2017, and on a recent rewatch, was somehow even better. A great directorial debut is always going to build anticipation for a follow-up effort, and thankfully, writer-director Greta Gerwig has hit it out of the park again, although with a very different effort that truly establishes her and her debut film as much more than a one-off or fluke.
Make no mistake though- despite being of a similar quality, this is a very different film to Lady Bird. It shares some cast members, and the editing style is similar at times too... I guess they're also concerned with young characters, but this one's set a century and a half earlier and is generally a more serious affair.
Coming into this, I was not familiar with the source material, nor am I much of a fan of period dramas. I was sceptical I'd like this, despite really enjoying Lady Bird and seeing how great the reviews for this were. So I was pleasantly surprised by how moving, entertaining, and beautifully shot this ended up being.
Most of the performances are absolutely fantastic. Wouldn't be surprised to see nominations for both Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh (who's has a fantastic year considering how good she also was in Midsommar). Emma Watson is perhaps less impressive, but she's far from bad, and her character is one that's perhaps more reserved and less emotional, the story providing less opportunities for more outward, showy acting, so I suppose in that way she's still quite good too.
I understand the non-linear editing here isn't present in the original novel, and I really loved it here. It's compelling and punctuates the emotional depth of many scenes, as they're contrasted and compared in interesting way with similar or different scenes, appearing in the past or future. It's never confusing either, largely thanks to a noticeable but not garish use of saturation for past scenes and non-saturated colours in the "present" scenes.
The only way I can fault the movie isn't even really a criticism- it's me not loving this genre, and therefore occasionally feeling slightly unengaged and not always terribly interested. Like I said, I usually avoid period dramas for this reason. Olden day problems, frustratingly repressed characters, snotty, upper-class characters, trivial squabbles and issues.... thankfully, none of those things are really present here. By the time the film finished, I felt good inside, and surprisingly moved, not at all regretting the two and a bit hours I'd spent in the cinema.
An 8/10 may seem low, but if I got a lot out of this movie, the people who are usually more interested in this sort of genre are likely going to absolutely love it. With this and Lady Bird under her belt, all I can say is that I can't wait to see what Gerwig makes next.
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