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The Duchess Reviews

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½ February 15, 2015
Kiera seems to belong to this era. She played a lot of roles in similar fashion. It was based on a true story and thanks to Charles Grey we can enjoy Earl Grey Tea. There was an Oscar nomination for sure.
½ January 27, 2015
Had a similar feel in style to Marie Antoinette but without all the sugar coated lavish lifestyle. A sad movie, but a great performance.
½ January 9, 2015
As always, Knightley is an excellent lead and the setting is magnificent, even if the ripe historical storyline and political undertones are somewhat mishandled by the bland production crew at BBC Films.
December 27, 2014
I have never been much of a Keira Knightley fan myself but in this historical drama she performs admirably. This is the sort of movie that would ultimately rise or fall based on the execution of her role. Knightely, who I usually find rather aloof, is adept at capturing both the charm, grace, warmth and intelligence. that made the real Georgiana Spencer so captivating to so many. Ralph Fiennes, an actor who disappears into roles like ice in a teacup, makes the Duke a complex and almost sympathetic figure, heightening the sense of tragedy for these birds in gilded cages.
December 7, 2014
Hair, dresses, tears, drama and great actors. The Duchess is a period film success
½ December 6, 2014
The story of Georgiana, the 18th century duchess of Devonshire, comes to vivid life in this beautifully crafted period piece. As the great-great-great-great aunt of Princess Diana (who Georgiana is often compared with), Kiera Knightley continues to mature as a woman and an actress. No other actress (and very few other actors) of her generation reveals so much in a close-up, in a glance, in a shift of her jaw. Supermodel looks aside, this lady can act. And she's not alone. Ralph Fiennes plays the Duke not as a irrational monster, but as a man very much of his time. He's a realist, and Fiennes slowly lets us see how confined in his position in society he really was--as much as Georgiana was. Saul Dibb's impeccably mounted film is gorgeously detailed, with wonderful costumes, stunning sets, perfectly natural-looking lighting, all deliciously photographed and laced with a delicate score. It doesn't search for deeper meaning in Georgiana's life, and appropriately so. That would be pointless. But as a lush and lavish period piece, this film is superb
½ October 25, 2014
It's okay if it's your sort of thing. If you don't like Victorian drama films then you won't like it.
October 12, 2014
Better than the Other Boleyn girl I shall say
August 14, 2014
Exquisitely done with lavish settings, clothes, places...Stellar cast!
½ May 16, 2014
Another solid movie and period drama, but really has nothing to distinguish itself from better and more memorable films.
April 19, 2014
This story kept lingering on my mind!
February 20, 2014
Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes are sublime.
December 21, 2013
I never liked Keira Knightley in the Pirate of the Caribbean movies but in this movie... I still don't like her.
December 19, 2013
you just wanna shoot the fuck twice in the head, then execute him while burning on fire.
½ December 18, 2013
The script may be a little weak in parts but three heavyweights of the silver screen carry through the movie effortlessly. Fiennes is perfectly cast as the irascible Duke of Devonshire, Knightley as his beautiful, headstrong wife Georgiana, and Rampling as her mother. Well worth a watch!
December 9, 2013
The ending was bitter sweet to say the least, and the whole movie has this whole melancholy about it. I wish they showed the process of how the Duchess became the 'It Girl' instead of just talking about it.
December 7, 2013
Such a mixed up life!
November 16, 2013
Quite good. Another impressive role by Knightley who is becoming an acclomplished actress and we have no problem barracking for her as she draws us in. One feels for the main character throughout and the feeble attempt by the Fiennes Duke to portray himself as a victim of circumstance at the end serves as a ploy to ram home the message really well.
October 24, 2013
Subtly feminist?? Do you want to be a fucking woman? At any period of time??
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