Bright Star Reviews
Each scene, every word uttered by the characters was so beautifully and often wittily crafted that I couldn't help but wish I lived in such a lush world, full of idealism and love of literature. John Keats, the most intensely romantic of the Romantic poets (although Shelley and Lord Byron did their best) could not have received a fairer treatment, plus he was superbly acted by Ben Whislaw; I fell in love with the entire cast. This film lives up to its potential, and if you know anything about the life of Keats, you realize that it is a Titanic sort of plot, because the ship must go down.
"Bright Star" maybe is Jane Campion's least graphic film, but it's also one of her most passionate!
- overly slow paced and interesting story made bland and uninteresting
- Storytelling does not flow anywere, it is cumbersome at best.
- very small scaled and easy to guess what happens
- acting is rather passionless and storytelling semiromantic at best: but lo and behold yet this is supposed to be Keats!
- No threads of the story are followed, but cut short!
- Characters without depth!
- Has one or two original lines, otherwise the lines are hollow and purposeless, except for Keats' poetry of course.
- there is too little of poetry in a story depicting Keats
- lack of drama, its too superficial and clinical
- No soundtrack, that does not in my opinion unfortunately work with this film
- Filmed on location in Great Britain and Rome? Yet Where is the Italian landscape?
+ soft and balanced, carefully considered colours and shadows, combined with wardrobe, well filmed, sympathetic actors.. but thats about it.
After being interested in this movie, I felt it had done a disservice to Keats by becoming uninteresting, slow paced, small and passionless, semiromantic, hollow film lacking drama and poetry, its only bright side being its few short read poems and skilled filming.
And no, you did not misread my rating of one star. It is not bright. Think perchance I shall pertain to Mr. Keats' poem book in my bookshelf.