Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bright Star (2009)

!!! Seen it in January 2010 !!!

The drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Costume Design

Auch! I know there are many bloggers outthere (NOT Academy members :P ) who really liked this film! I am not one of them. Actually, I might be the only one who didn't. Bright Star is beautifully shot and designed and it really would've deserved a Best Cinematography nomination and win. The costumes are fabulous and the art direction well thought.
But I had no interest in the love story. I didn't buy it, I didn't care for the leading characters. Abbie Cornish is ok, but I didn't see the magnificent in her like others did. Ben Whishaw is actually better than expected, but the story is hardly about him. To me, Bright Star is so gorgeous to look at, but empty and unnatural in the inside. Great style, yet I didn't catch the substance.
My rating for the film: 6/10. Kerry Fox is fine playing the mother, but Paul Schneider is overrated.