Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mar. 3 - Bright Star

Bright Star (2009)
Critically acclaimed Australian filmmaker Jane Campion helms this drama detailing the passionate three-year romance between 19th-century Romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) -- who died tragically at age 25 -- and his great love and muse, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Much of the story was inspired by Keats's poetry and the actual love letters the pair exchanged. Thomas Sangster, Paul Schneider and Kerry Fox co-star. 

I knew nothing about John Keats before I watched this movie.  I still don't know too much about him because it only showed us the relationship with Fanny.  Even so, I like this movie.  It was frustrating and oh so sad.  These days people get married on a whim, or marry repeatedly, or make a mockery of the idea of marriage.  Yet in 1818 England, two people dearly in love couldn't be together because he felt he couldn't earn enough to support her, and because her mother wouldn't allow an engagement for similar reasons.  And then he died without them even having a chance...

The guy who played Keats was very good.  A bit on the scrawny side, giving him a sort of awkward look at times, but very good in the role.  The girl...Abbie Cornish....was excellent.  Her reaction when learning of John's death was heart wrenching.  I was sobbing right along with her.

I wish there would have been a little more about John Keats but overall still a very good movie.

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