A Room with a View
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans? Nominated for eight Academy Awards (1986), including Best Picture, and winner of three, this is one the most charming and delightful romantic comedies ever filmed.
While I've admired the other Merchant/Ivory films I've seen, A Room with a View is the one I've enjoyed the most by far. Adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster, it's a very, very British story about young Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her older cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith) vacationing in Florence. When the bright, passionate George Emerson (Julian Sands) becomes smitten with Lucy and surprises her with a kiss, it turns her world upside down, causing her to reconsider what she wants from life and what is expected of her, not least of all her engagement to upper-class twit Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis). This all sounds like a particularly dry episode of Masterpiece Theatre, and it is very formal…
This movie reminded me much of a film called GODSFORD PARK from awhile back. It had great reviews, a nice cast and was very British...and it bored the hell out of me. This one gets the same review.
It is nice to see Carter is a normal role, as she never seems to do anything like this anymore. Callow and Sands are great too, but one scene let me see more of them than I ever needed to see.
I felt Day-Lewis was oddly awful in this movie, but maybe that was the point?
The score was over the top, and like most British Period pieces, this film just did not move at all.
SPOILER on the poster to the left...kind of ruins how the movie will end, if it wasn't obvious from a million miles away.
These may be good actors movies, but they bore me silly.
Merchant-Ivory's best movie and the only time that Helena Bonham-Carter has not scared the crap out of me. This is EM Forster's best book and this film actually does it justice.
A beautiful early Merchant-Ivory production with exemplary performances from Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Helena Bonham Carter, and a young Daniel Day-Lewis.
A Room with a View is a film about a woman who lies to herself and others about her true feelings.
I found this movie to be extremely slow during some parts and rather funny at other parts. If anything this movie is worth the watch for Daniel-Day Lewis who has a small but stand out role. He never never ceases to impress and all of his scenes are by far the best parts of the movie.
I wouldn't go as far to say this is a forgettable movie, it's more that it just didn't do a whole lot for me. My Mom loved it if that means anything.
An amazing cast, with a pretty decent soundtrack, everything that a costume drama should be.
Great movies make my heart flutter. A Room with a View had my heart fluttering within 20 minutes, and kept on fluttering until the last second. It is witty, impeccably crafted, and beautifully acted.
Day-Lewis and Maggie Smith are simply delightful here, most notably for their subtle comedic turns. These performances could veer off into mockery, but instead the fine actors imbue them with humanity. The romantic story at the film's center is overdone and not as compelling, but the writing is consistently clever, the scenery delightful to look at. It all makes for an enjoyable turn every now and then.
My favorite book come to life in the best way possible.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.