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I suspect you just have to be in the right mood to enjoy this movie. It's the exact opposite of action-packed -to a point of becoming almost static at times. However it has an olde worlds charm that... Read more is quite beguiling. Maybe in this modern world we've become used to a faster pace of living.
I love Keats poetry, but was very disappointed in the movie - slow and dreary, with no sparkle!
Pretty vacant. My indifference to Keats doesn't fully explain my desire to leap through an open window about halfway through; Campion's awkward, constipated Laura Ashley vision of these maundering twits can take the blame.
I found the first half hour of this film so slow, so irritating, that I stopped the DVD and returned it to its envelope. The lead actress was pathetic, and the general characterisations seemed over... Read more the top.
Very disappointed, as I am a devotee of biographical films as a rule.
I was so moved by this film. Tissues were close at hand. The simplicity of the scenes, the locations & the innocence of new love was magic! Jane Campion is an amazing Director & I'm am proud she is a Kiwi!
I had high hopes for this movie but it failed to deliver on a number of counts. I felt that there was no chemistry between the lead actors and the storyline just meandered along. The movie was beautifully... Read more shot but unfortunately this wasn't enough to redeem it.
Campion is a great New Zealand director (sadly, now an Honorary Aussie), who has captured realistically and truthfully and without Hollywood sentimenatality the love between Keats and F*nny. She also... Read more captures the torments of Keats: his suffering at the hands of critics of his work, his wrestling with the imagary of his poetry and and not being able to offer F*nny a married life.
Bright Star is, of course, his great love sonnet. He wrote in the style of Shelly and Byron, though sadly never reached their status in such a short life. Yes, it is slow, but reflects that era. At times, the dialogue didn't come over well enough for me, being somewhat obcurred by background music (eg, at the very end where Keats reads one of his poems).
It is a very sad story, and I learned that F^nny mourned Keats' death for six years!
Not for those who want fast-paced action. Then, such a movie as this is beyond Hollywood.
I don't know whether to be amused or disgusted with Fatso for blocking the NAME F*nny. How pathetic can you get: it is the Woman's name!!
I watched this movie on a plane & enjoyed it so much I watched it again! Brilliantly casted, and beautifully directed...could be classed as a "chick flick", but if you like period pieces you might quite like this!
High production values.NZFF 2009. Beautiful scenery and photography.
What a beautiful movie. Stunning scenery and costumes and a quiet, gentle love that breaks your heart.