Mrs. Dalloway Reviews
Well, considering that Virginia Woolf's novel is just about my all-time favorite book and one of the most sublime pieces of literature ever written, this film had a huge reputation to live up to. And it certainly doesn't embarass itself- it's quite good, actually, but just a tad lifeless. I didn't know how the screenwriters were going to adapt a book that is written almost entirely by using stream-of-consciousness; they have to make it literal for the film to work, and that kind of detracts from the stunning effect of Woolf's writing.
But Vanessa Redgrave gives a nice performance as the title character, and Natascha McElhone ([i]The Truman Show[/i]) is quite good as Mrs. Dalloway the younger. There's some other good performances from the rest of the supporting cast as well.
Overall an effective, competant little film, but just a tad too [i]Masterpiece Theatre[/i]-ish to be truly great.