The Wings of the Dove Reviews
Classic story of star-crossed lovers with all the drama and a zinger of a twist in the end. Awesome cast and splendid outcome....I loved the irony. The talented cast was flawless and played all their parts beautifully. I always love Helena and adamantly watch almost every film she does but I'm starting to be a fan of Charlotte Rampling (who plays Aunt Maud) too. She is simply brilliant. The location was enchanting and makes me long to pay it a visit in the future......oh, if only I was a bored heiress with nothing better to do too.....some day, maybe some day.
Venice part is memorably shot as an enchanting last journey to enjoy the fullest of one's life, an engaging score from Edward Shearmur firstly accompanies the film with a soothing pace, then adheres to the dramatic rotation aptly all the way along.
The most striking caliber of the film is undisputedly the acting stretch, Helena Bonham Carter is magnetically absorbing in her puberty of mixing brisk gal, smart aleck manipulator and sophisticated lovelorn victim, her career-best so far. A terrifically undervalued Alison Elliott radiates an unassumingly captivating rendition with both vulnerability and playfulness (she and Helena currently end up No. 2 and No. 1 in my Oscar chart for supporting and leading actress respectively). To juggle with these two vehement lovebirds, Linus Roache (the alien form THE FORGOTTEN 2005) may be tread the water a little bit frivolously, with a moral criterion swinging back and forth ambiguously, he tackles the most tricky part heedfully. The nudity scene near its finale is theatrically robust in delivering a love-lost denouement and generates poignant pathos. The minor satellites revolving around are all British old hands, Rampling. Gambon are too skimpy on screen, while McGovern's sedately elegant attendance is never histrionic.
Adapted from Henry James' novel of the the same name, this Neo-classical piece has an imposing buzz on its own merit, some might deem it a shad mawkish, but I'm confidently not among that breed.
Recommended if you're a fan of slow dramas and old-fashioned costumes.