Daniel Deronda (2002)
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Daniel Deronda is a period drama, an elegant production that one may enjoy shamelessly. The female lead is a great character, well-played by beautiful actress in exquisite costuming. The overall atmosphere is well-done, serious without overreaching.
Classic character-driven epic typical of George Eliot's writing. Fantastic acting and visually layered. A 3-hour treat that was emotionally gratifying and ended beautifully.
Though I'm not a huge fan of the book, in which Elliot rambled on for page after page, I found myself often wishing the movie had followed it more closely. The overarching story Elliot created was a good one, so it's confusing to me that this adaptation would change so much about the characters and their motivations. Elliot's version was not a "love story gone awry," and the depth of Deronda and Gwen's relationship is very different from what is portrayed here. Production and acting-wise, this is a nice period piece. But knowing the book's story left me confused at the changes, while I think not knowing would have left me wondering why on earth it's called "Daniel Deronda".
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