Brideshead Revisited (2008)
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Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.
Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon.
What's missing from Goode's performance and from the film as whole is the layer upon layer of accumulated motive -- the gradual evolution of a man's complex desires and even-more-complicated fears.
If you're in the market for a veddy British drama and miss seeing Emma Thompson in her natural environment, Brideshead Revisited is a worthwhile two-hour meditation on faith (and the lack thereof).
Yes, it's a compressed version, but I found it very enjoyable.
Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited
This is an interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the decadence of British aristocracy prior to WWII, and it may leave you thinking about it long after the film is over.
Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly different character than usual and as always doing it masterfully. Once she's gone from the scene its just pretty pictures with people you neither really like or care about.
Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".