Daily Archives: March 1, 2009

Brideshead Revisited Again

Just watched the new movie of Brideshead Revisited. Dreadful dreadful dreadful version.

Not only was it shockingly bad, it completely missed the point of the book.

The casting was all wrong. I adore Emma Thompson but she is not Lady Marchmain, no matter how straight she tries to stand. They changed scenes from the book and portrayed Charles Ryder as a golddigger. Charles wasn’t a poor boy who tried to marry into a rich family. He got swept up in their charms while fate kept throwing them back into his life.

But most unforgivable was that this version said out loud all the things that the original left unspoken.

I know it must have been difficult to try to compact Evelyn Waugh’s epic book into 2 hours, so they really shouldn’t have tried. Do yourself a favor and watch the original 11-hour miniseries directed by Charles Sturridge. I’m going to go re-read the book.

For those of you who thought the original series was perfection, here’s Julia’s big scene by the fountain: