"Miss Pettigrew" is fun, after a wait
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Two out of four suns
As a fair warning to everyone who goes to see this film, you have to wait. The beginning is exhaustingly slow to the point of falling asleep, but it does get better.
Starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams (“Enchanted”), this all-too-cute little tale is based in London right before the Second World War. McDormand is perfectly pathetic as a starving and unemployed governess who lies her way into the glamorous and impossibly fast-paced world of a club singer (Adams) and her three boyfriends.
As Adams’ “social secretary”, McDormand allows her old-fashioned mindset to be put aside as she saves this lost child from being found out from her suitors. Along the way she becomes a symbol for England at the time, a lost soul caught somewhere between the past and an inevitable future.
Unfortunately, the film takes just too long to get there. The beginning is hectic and all over the place, not allowing the audience to find a clear path. Adams comes off as annoying and spoiled. It literally took almost the entire film for me to care what happens to her.
When leaving the theater, I felt that I had seen a decent film, but for the first hour I could not wait to get out of there.
Three out of four sons
The story of Jane Austen is a sad one. She came from a poor family only to fall in love with someone who she could not have. Every great writer has a story like this, because true inspiration can only come from true suffering.
I had not made up my mind about Anne Hathaway before this film. While I like “The Devil Wears Prada”, Hathaway never impressed me. After seeing this one I have decided she knows what she is doing.
Hathaway plays a fantastic Jane Austen ” she is spunky while being sound in her morals and apprehensions. After reading so many of Austen’s books, Hathaway was exactly how I had pictured her.
James McAvoy plays the man of her desires and does alright, but I never felt anything true from him. What Jane sees is what she wants to see, not what is really there, which is true of all great romantics.
Julie Walters and James Cromwell play Jane’s parents and are extraordinary in their simple happiness with each other. While Jane’s mother wants her to have money as well as bliss, her father is dreamier in his approach to love, which is an interesting contrast.
The tale is depressing while being true to its ideals. One line sticks out from the film, when Jane tells her sister, “My characters will have all they desire.”
You know it to be true in fiction, but not in life.
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