The Tag Line says
it all: Privilege. Ambition. Desire. At Brideshead, Everything
Comes at a Price.
the story of young man, no Title, no birthright, just well-educated and
attending Oxford in the mid 1920’s. Will he fit in? On his
first day, Charles (Mathew Goode) becomes entranced with the
complex Peter Pan-esque antics of classmate Sebastian (Ben Whishaw)
who throws up in his dorm window. Sebastian apologizes quite elaborately and
takes a shining to Charles and introduces him to some very powerful circles of
people. After some time, they go to Sebastian’s family estate, Brideshead to
visit his Nanny, who still resides there and is his only source of unconditional
love. While leaving, they pass a car with Sebastian’s mother and sister and
from that brief trip began a love affair within Charles that will last for the
rest of his life.
|Mark's List Quick Critic
See it opening week
|Ten Word Review:
|Complicated Gay love story. Spectacular setting, acting,
wardrobe and cinematography.
|Three Sentence Synopsis:
is the story of
young man, no Title, no birthright, just well-educated and attending
Oxford in the mid 1920’s. Under less than ideal circumstances he
meets a wealthy upper-class student who takes a shining to him. They both end up
at the wealthy student's family estate, where complications to a "happily ever
after" romance ensue.
This is an epic film about the Haves and the Have Nots,
and no mater how much time or self sacrifice you have invested; as
sister Julia (Hayley Atwell) says, you will still never be “One
of Us.” Brideshead will give you the sense of what it is
like to travel effortlessly and in complete style during the 1920’s
through the 40’s in the upper-crust British society while they take you
from Britain to Florence, or escaping to Morocco.
With truly amazing authentic vehicles and recreated scenes within these
countries, you will forget you are in a movie seat. While visiting the
Lord Marchmain (Michael Gambon) in
with his Italian mistress (Cara/Greta Scacchi) you will be
surrounded by warmth, laughter, art, and beauty.
the contrary, when the scene calls for stoic, The Lady Marchmain (Emma
Thompson), the pivotal Matriarch and heartbeat of Brideshead, rises to the part.
In every scene she enters with power, grace, and an inner strength last seen
from Helen Marin in
With a mixture of actions and mannerisms, a proper wardrobe for a Lady of the
era, and the most deadly lines ever, this is the perfect platform for another
Oscar for Emma Thompson. As Lady Marchmain she controls everything, be it the
estate, her family, or herself—yet on the contrary, when one thing falls out of
place her life is over. Control is everything to her.
are a fan of fashion, there is an in-depth interview by Burberry in
Interview Magazine with the costume designer discussing the fabrics
used, styles emulated, and managing to keep up with historical accuracies of the
times. Not only is there the “proper” Oxford looks, there’s the Country
Gentleman, Dining Wear, Mediterranean travel wear, Formal wear and that’s just
the men! There is a lot of secondary focus on the social aspect of fashion,
dressing, and jewelry and how women are to be used as objects and whims of the
heart do not matter in comparison to mission and obligation of The Family.
is not a light movie; Brideshead Revisited has subtleties, important social
graces and obligations, as well important jaw-dropping acting and locations.
Brideshead Revisited is similar to The English Patient in that
it is a sweeping story over decades with an unfulfilled love story fueling the
flames. This film is based on the Evelyn Waugh’s celebrated 1945 book that was
made into an eleven part mini-series that aired on the BBC back in 1981. Now,
the two groups of fans are not at all thrilled with this movie, claiming they
left out a LOT of things, but how much can you really put into an hour and
Brideshead Estate is actually Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England
and is the setting and life of this epic film. From any angle, the lives on the
estate do bring it to life—almost making it a living, breathing entity. Whether
is it meticulously manicured with inhabitants, Winterized for inactivity, or
used as a battle station during WWII, you will see the changes but no matter
what happens, it will always remain Brideshead.