Viewport width =
March 8, 2010 | by  | in Film |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

Bright Star


If you don’t like period dramas, maybe steer clear. Visually this movie is absolutely compelling. It was as if a series of photographs were placed together and put on screen. This film follows John Keats and his love Frances ‘Fanny’ Brawne as they attempt to consolidate their love, a love that is continuously taken out of their reach. It is a brilliant period drama, one of those many movies that follows a particular figure in history, especially literary history, and creates a beautiful story out of it. This is alike to Becoming Jane or the Young Victoria, but in many ways it in its own, separate league.

The film surprisingly does not follow John Keats (Ben Whishaw) himself, but more the thoughts and life of Fanny Brawne, the girl next door with whom he falls in love. Fanny (Abbie Cornish) is witty but not always smart; she is attracted to Keats’ poetry and the fact she does not understand it compels her even more. Their attraction is immediate and the chemistry between the two is outstanding. It was an interesting take on the life of a literary figure, seeing him through the eyes of the woman he loved. I didn’t know anything about Keats before this movie, so the side of him I saw was a tad tormented, not to mention I actually know nothing about his family life… but it was different and kind of fresh having it portrayed this way. I liked it.

At the beginning of the film, it doesn’t gradually ease you into the story. It simply immerses the viewers into a life where Keats and Fanny have known each other for a while and there is a confusing moment at the beginning of the film when Fanny is very angry at Keats’ friend Mr Brown. Some of these things become clearer with time, though, yet some questions were not answered.

It was quiet, it was scenic, it was poetic, it made me want to live in England and sit among the flowers, there was snow, there was sun and there was great acting. Abbie Cornish was the star of the show.

Director: Jane Campion
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. Cuttin’ it with with Miss June
  2. SWAT
  3. Ravished by the Living Embodiment of All Our University Woes
  4. New Zealand’s First Rainbow Crossing is Here (and Queer)
  5. Chloe Has a Yarn About Mental Health
  6. “Stick with Vic” Makes “Insulting” and “Upsetting” Comments
  7. Presidential Address
  8. Final Review
  9. Tears Fall, and Sea Levels Rise
  10. It’s Fall in my Heart

Editor's Pick

This Ain’t a Scene it’s a Goddamned Arm Wrestle

: Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided