woensdag 17 mei 2017

100 Movie Challenge 2017 - # 63: Bright Star

Director: Jane Campion
Genre: Drama/ Romance
Runtime: 90 minutes
Year: 2009
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Thomas Sangster, Paul Schneider, Samuel Barnett, Kerry Fox, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Samuel Roukin, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Sebastian Armesto, Olly Alexander, Jonathan Aris, Joyia Fitch, Adrian Schiller, Alfred Harmsworth, Sam Gaukroger, Edie Martin, Sally Reeve, Gerard Monaco, Will Garthwaite, Guy Mannerings

Description: The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats (Ben Wishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) near the end of his life.

Review: Only if you’re a really romantic, this is a movie for you. It’s a movie about love and this will definitely scare off people. It’s not a romantic comedy with a predictable happy ending, it’s a heart ripping portrait of two people who love each other so much that it hurts more than it brings them happiness. Because that is also what love is.
The relationship between poet John Keats and his great love, his muse, Fanny Brawne. That’s the base of the story. Director Jane Campion didn’t want a standard biopic about Keats, so she decided to tell it from Fanny’s perspective. Result is that Keats will stay a mystery and challenges the viewers to get to know him through his poetry.
Between Keats and Fanny a passionate love develops. Off course the people around them don’t approve. Their love is limited because of that. Campion manages to show the purest form of love, by enhancing the unfulfilled longing they both have.
“Bright Star” is a visual beauty, but it can drag a bit. Even though the film is only 90 minutes long, it feels a lot longer.

Rating: 3,5/ 5

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