A Very Ordinary Reflection On The Austen Narrative
The best thing you can do before watching this is to dismiss the notion of all historical accuracy. It is an entertainment piece that takes the usual Austen narrative of stories motivated by perspectives, as well as perspectives that clash. And to be honest you can feel the feminine touch of Emma Holly Jones pressed firmly on the ideas of a time when women were chattel but unlike most property, they actively sought to impose themselves upon the romantic whims of men. I like the notion that revenge is used but it does not mark out the film from numerous better examples that came out of Hollywood in the nineties and noughties. Consequently, we end up with a very ordinary story that is lavish to look at but little else. It had me wondering whether the acting was bad...but it wasn't. I knew all of the main actors and have enjoyed their work when in other guises. Was the script bad? Not really. It wasn't extraordinary but it was an okay script. What was it then? Well, I'm left with the thought that it was badly cast. Sope Dirusu would have been a better Captain Henry Ossory & Theo James a better Mr Jeremy Malcolm but even this change would have done little to rectify the lack of chemistry we see on the screen. I hope that Emma Holly Jones displays a bit more bravery in future to make us engage with her characters because she has a gold cinematic eye but she needs to engage with the emotional aspects of a film a little more. In all honesty, I spent a period of time during the period piece hoping all the characters would just die. I need the characters to live up to their build-up and then draw me in through my emotional engagement. This didn't manage to do that although it was splendid if only okay watch.
- Jul 23, 2022
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