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1847?s William Makepeace Thackery?s novel is the great book. Nobody reads it anymore, only maybe for the best graduate students. This one is the big-screen version of the novel. The director Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding") and writer Julian Fellowes try to bring a sense of melodrama. The movie storyline is short and it does not fully tell the social criticism. Unlike the novel, it is short, and less plotting. Mira Nair?s "Vanity Fair" tries so hard to let go all of the strength of the - Great Expectation - the movie, like movie, ?Great Expectation,? its costume designs are match in heaven, now, this ?Vanity Fair,? is off the chart on costume designs. I don?t know it is a good thing or bad idea. I love the history backdrop, and the state mind of the characters, but the dresses and costumes are too much colorful, the designs might not have to do with modern fashion.
Of course, the history sets during the Napoleonic wars. It is the story of respectability. And also the story of Becky Sharpe. Reese Witherspoon plays Becky, the actress is in ?Legally Blonde" and ?Sweet Home Alabama." The character is an orphan who scheme her way to class rank. There?s another childhood friend, Amelia Sedley (Romola Garai) who leave their home boarding school wanting to find their place in society.
It is definite society of complex world. Things do happen only in 19th century English literature. It is strange that Becky falls in love with Rawdon Crowley (James Purefoy), favored nephew who is somehow relation to Hoskins' clan. At the same time, her sweet friend Amelia marries George Osborne (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), an army officer... More
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