Tags: Based on Victorian Novel

Review: Brideshead Revisited (2008)

C- | ** | +1-2| Adults

Yet this Brideshead Revisited ultimately subverts Waugh’s subtlest and most subversive achievement: It offers all the foibles and puzzlement of the Flytes’ religious world, while all but obliterating the threads of grace running through their lives.   Read more >

Review: Pride & Prejudice (2005)

A- | ***½ | +2| Kids & Up*

This is no slight to the BBC miniseries; its glory is precisely its wonderfully literary quality. By contrast, the 2005 film is wonderfully non-literary. The BBC miniseries is peopled with living, breathing characters; the 2005 film is peopled with living breathing human beings. This is not to diminish the definitive achievement of the BBC miniseries, but to appreciate the freshness of a retelling that does something new.   Read more >

Review: Bride and Prejudice (2004)

B- | **½ | +0| Teens & Up

Now Nair’s compatriot Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) takes a much more thoroughgoing approach to Pride and Prejudice, going so far as to tweak the title to telegraph that this is Jane Austen gone Bollywood with a capital B — i.e., Bride and Prejudice.   Read more >

Review: Vanity Fair (2004)

C+ | **½ | +0| Teens & Up

Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair is many things, but a howl to a congregation of fools isn’t one of them.   Read more >

Review: Emma (1996)

A- | ***½ | +1| Kids & Up

If love makes the world go round, the dizzily whirling globe in the opening title credits of Douglas McGrath’s Emma is a clear statement of intent regarding the film’s theme. And when we see the globe is a painted model spinning on a thread in the hand of Emma (delightfully effervescent Gwyneth Paltrow), it’s clear how Emma sees herself — pulling the strings, orchestrating the happy convergences that make the world go round.   Read more >

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