While this movie made somewhat more sense on a second viewing (several years after the first attempt), it still comes across as stuffy, dull, and dated. Michelle Pfeiffer is lovely as a scandalous divorcee and Wynona Rider as the afianced bride whose husband is being drawn away from her conveys both a wide-eyed, youthful innocence and the watchfulness of a woman challenged, but they can't save this adaptation alone; the rest of the cast may as well be covered in dust.
I'm not sure what it is about most literary film adaptations of the 90s that leave me underwhelmed and unimpressed, but there almost always seems to be something lacking in the chemistry or the storyline.
A beautiful movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer. I loved the style and class of this period romantic tale. Incredible acting, directing and production.
Martin Scorsese channels Luchino Visconti marvellously, Michelle Pfeiffer is utterly luminous
I found this stilted.
I saw this movie ages ago (no pun intended) in the movie theatre when my husband and I had just started dating and I found it a little hard to follow but a beautiful film nonetheless. I just finished watching it for the first time in years and I loved it even more. The storyline is now easier to follow and is somewhat heartbreaking. All of the performances were amazing, especially Daniel Day Lewis. I liked his pairing with Winona Ryder and with Michelle Pfeiffer. The costumes were absolutely beautiful and the scenery is stunning. I haven't yet read the book and I'm curious to see how closely this movie is to the storyline but in terms of seeing it by itself, it's a wonderful film.
Directed by Scorsese, so I thought...hey, maybe it'll be good? No. The film is all about "relationships" and "high society" and the ensuing drama.... If you love Jane Austen novels, you might like this film. Personally, I enjoyed seeing the woodwork in one of the old houses and then the scene with the men kicking back and smoking cigars...and then I stopped watching (about 20 minutes in).
This 1993 romantic drama film is set in 1870’s New York, and is about a wealthy and well-known couple who seem to have a picture perfect relationship, that is until the wife’s cousin comes to town and sweeps the husband off of his feet. Even though she is a social outcast, he can’t help but to fall in love with her. The movie stars well known actors such as Winona Ryder, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daniel Day-Lewis, who are what really ties this movie together. The movie was fairly successful at pulling off the older setting, and definitely brought genuine charm to the stage. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
A dismally poor adaptation of the book. I was surprised at how wooden and lifeless the performances were, given the length of the waiting list and acclaim from other viewers. One of the rare occasions when, while watching a film, I wished I were doing something else.
In terms of direction, acting, settings, and costumes, this is surely one of the very best period movies ever made! Scorsese has excelled himself. Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder are magnificent, but so are all the other actors. An incredibly good movie. The booklet accompanying the deluxe edition is well worth reading. There is also a bonus disc with interviews, and "how-the-movie-was-made" stuff.
Enhancement suggestion: Have you considered adding to DVD entries a link to trailers or a film clip? That is, maybe those movies that are new enough to have clips in the internet archives?
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