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Mulligan shines bright, she may not be emitting eye burning light, but she surely is reflecting an enlightening one.
Scherfig, first and foremost, is a pacifist. One of the greatest asset of his film is to try and avoid striking horns possible. And with a family drama like such that spirals out huge rage spewing fights on the house, it gets fascinating to see Lone Scherfig talk his way out of this family dinner blunder for two straight hours. And the reason why it stays true to the tone of the film, is that he actually never confronts his fear and instead pulls out another or might even be superior card to walk his way out of the club. Let's also give a round of applause for the screenwriter, Nick Hornby who has plucked engaging and informative highlight of Jenny Mellor's life played beautifully by Carey Mulligan.
Enacting a confused teenager, her unflinching and blinding confidence in her belief, is what digs the appropriate depth in her performance. But I'd say, amidst all the spotlights focusing each characters, the most underrated performance is of Peter Sarsgaard, his calculative steps taken while pulling off the most bizarre mood swing and silliness in her professional coat is quite the challenge. Plus, as an actor, you are waiting for a role juicy as such and seizing the opportunity with all enthusiasm Sarsgaard holds tightly to the other side of the rope.
Pike and Cooper stays the part of the act, the distraction, but the surprising element who stands by through all the storm is Alfred Molina as a protective father who is fixing himself along with keeping her daughter in track. The political correctness that the film whips you with, never overpowers the quality of the film, in fact despite of being one of the major contender among the morality clause shouted out in the film, An Education is the final winner in this marathon; it was a tough call and a rough race.
Carey Mulligan is magnificent.
Mulligan is pretty great in this film. As she's figuring herself out, she's pulled into a relationship with an older man that isn't everything that he seems.
Watching An Education was an education itself. I spent my teens looking for the sophisticated older man with a sports car who was going to drive into my life and sweep me off my feet. He didn't show up, lol. After watching the inevitable heartbreak Jenny experiences, I'm rather glad he didn't.
Great! A good education for many women would be watching this film, men too for that matter.
As it turns out, Nick Hornby is also a good cinema writer!
Movie, bellievable even if fantastical; superb performances all around
Egad! Rather square.Some spiffing action but otherwise slightly dull.
Egad! Rather square. Some spiffing acting but otherwise slightly dull.
A nice trip back to the early sixties. It's a brilliant re-creation of the era and the cast is magnificent. It's based closely on a true story of a courtship. See it in particular for Carey Mulligan's delightful performance.