Brideshead Revisited

I’m growing sick of period pieces.  It seems as though nearly every big movie coming out recently has been in a time other than the present.  If they were science fiction films, I would be more than okay with it.  However, everything is so backwards looking and it just feels so insular, especially with the issues we are facing in the world today.  Some historical movies can be very revelatory, but most of them are little more than a different locale to put on fancy clothes and act out a version of the same story.  Now there is a film which takes place in the past but does bring something new and worthwhile to the table.

Starting this January 13th, now available on DVD from Miramax Films, BBC Films and the UK Film Council comes the film version of a best-selling novel which transports us to a different and classic Britain.  Brideshead Revisited is ready to leap out of your television screen and show you a world of privilege and the price it costs to get and stay there.  Bring home this modern classic you’ll love every time you see it today!

This movie is the story of the palatial family estate of Brideshead and the delightfully eccentric family which lives there.  Charles Ryder is a young man from a poor background studying at university when he meets and becomes friends with someone from Brideshead, Sebastian Flyte.  Sebastian lives a carefree and pleasure-filled life of which Charles is quickly enraptured.  Charles visits Brideshead with Sebastian and falls in love with his father.  The lady of the house will not stand for it due to Charles’ poor breeding and so things go south from there in this world of fashion and prestige.  This film stars Michael Gambon, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, Matthew Goode and Emma Thompson.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted scenes, an optional audio commentary from the filmmakers and a featurette about the time and place this film was attempting to replicate.

I enjoyed this movie far more than I anticipated.  From what I knew of the novel, I figured that the story would be a rehashing of others I had already seen.  It was a rehashing of a common storyline, but it was excellently done and the production values of this film are incredible.  The acting was great and Emma Thompson was deliciously elitist in this film and I loved every second of it.  The period dress is great because you don’t see many movies from this time and place so it isn’t overdone and so many other eras are.  I recommend this romantic tale for those looking for a change from the ordinary.

This film is just as fresh every time you Revisit it.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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