The Scarlet Pimpernel Reviews
The Scarlet Pimpernel became to prototype of the modern hero with a secret identity. Anthony Andrews sets the bar high. Jane Seymour not only lends her beauty, but her acting tugs at your heartstrings.
You must see.
Scarlet Pimpernel is not your average super hero by modern standards; An English nobleman masking his true identity by posing as a trendy fool in order to save French revolution victims from the guillotine can be classified uncommon. Anthony Andrews fills the boots of Sir Percy Blakeney/Scarlet Pimpernel marvelously and his extravagant take on Sir Percy Blakeney and how he turns in a blink of an eye into gallant Scarlet Pimpernel is just fun to watch. In addition the the ambiance of French revolution, impressive costumes, picture perfect Jane Seymour as Marguerite and Ian McKellen's terrific act the nemesis Chauvelin all support the film in becoming a great adventure film.
However there is a rather obvious downside to the films adaptation from novel to film which cannot be bypassed. The script seems to follow the novel very closely which makes the films screenplay a rather hectic affair at times. The pace in which the characters change locations in the film is enough to make the viewers head spin, but luckily for the story is simple and easy enough to follow so that the straight novel adaptation does not ruin the experience totally. Still I feel the film could have been much more coherent and better with more time spent adjusting the novel into film format.