Haven’t done a weekend roundup for a while, but this long weekend seems like a good a time as any to do so. Firstly, I just want to thank IMDb again for featuring my post London Tube & The Movies on Friday. It’s been a dream of mine to be featured on the Friday HitList (as it last through the entire weekend), and it came true nearly 2-weeks shy of FlixChatter’s birthday! Thanks for those who’ve stopped by and dropped a comment, always appreciate that!
I must say the new releases this memorial weekend is pretty lame, neither of the two major new releases (featuring a gravity-defying video-game prince and a quartet of glitter-loving, proud hedonists) is something I’d ever watch even if someone paid me. So, it’s a good thing I haven’t seen Robin Hood yet, so we finally caught up to it on a Saturday matinee show. Sure enough it didn’t come close to the glory of the first Scott/Crowe collaboration Gladiator. It’s safe to say this version of the medieval hero is a bit Gladiator-ized, and it’s as though Scott aimed the theme to be ‘The Outlaw that defied a Kingdom.’ I might review it sometime later, but let me just say that I’d have been happy if the title had been Robin & Marian, because Cate Blanchett’s performance tramples that of the brutish Crowe, and her Marian really ‘saves’ the movie for me.
Before I go on, I’d like to point out that yet another fun blog event is brewing, folks, and this one is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone (or get you all worked up in a tizzy depending on how you look at it). Red at the movie blogging community Anomalous Material is hosting the Greatest Comedy of All-Time Tournament. Check out the ever-growing list of nominees out there, it’s really a reader/fellow bloggers-driven list which makes it all the more fun! Starting sometime after next week, Red & co. will be conducting an interactive 128 movie tournament to try and decide the greatest comedy out there. Get your game on, folks!
After a hectic Sunday and active Monday morning, I finally had a chance to catch my breath last night to watch a period drama I’ve wanted to see for ages: Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It stars the fabulous character actor Ciarán Hinds as Capt. Frederick Wentworth and Amanda Root as the story’s heroine Anne Elliot. It’s a heartfelt and profound love story about second chances…summarized beautifully in this memorable quote:
All that I claim for my own sex… is that we love longest after all hope is gone.
Persuasion is actually the only Austen book I managed to finish not too long ago. I started Pride & Prejudice but never got around to wrapping it up, but the story and character of Anne Elliot resonates more with me. I must say that after watching this adaptation, this has become my second favorite Jane Austen adaptation after Sense & Sensibility (sorry Mansfield Park!). It’s pretty cool to see shooting locations in Bath with all the beautiful limestone, Georgian architecture, as I was just there a few weeks ago. I managed to go to the Jane Austen center where we’re given a quick history lesson of the life of the author. Apparently Persuasion was written in the last few years of Jane Austen’s life, and published only after her death in 1817. It’s no secret that miss Austen herself didn’t really like Bath, and from what I gathered from the local tour guide – as well as this movie – it’s easy to see why.
Those unfamiliar with the story, here’s a quick plot (courtesy of IMDb): Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, because his sister is Mrs. Croft. Frederick is now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Anne’s sister’s husband’s sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame?
Funny, I’ve been kind of delaying my Top Ten Period Drama list in case I need to include this for some reason, and boy, was I right! This is a far superior version than the 2007 Masterpiece adaptation where they had Anne run around Bath to catch up with Wentworth, as if to catch up with the lightning pace of the whole adaptation! The pace of this 1995 version is just right, and best of all, the two leads have a nice chemistry together even with just a knowing glance.
So there, if you haven’t seen this movie and you’re in the mood for an understated but moving period drama, I can’t recommend this movie enough to you.