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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.
i spent roughly 5 hours of this 2-hour movie thinking about how young Helena Bonham Carter was the OG Rory Gilmore.
i also spent a few moments thinking "oh, there's a lot more scrotum in this Merchant Ivory jam than I would've expected."
this is the proto rom-com done right, and with just the perfect gait. bonus points for the most punchable Daniel Day-Lewis performance of all time.
Harry Potter Alumni Professor Minerva McGonagall and her niece Bellatrix Lestrange are on vacation....but their room has no view. So Indy Jones' Marcus Brody (in his only Oscar nominated performance) and his son Warlock (doesn't he look like Sting's brother?) offer to switch rooms. On a trip to the country...Warlock and Bellatrix have a ground moving kiss in a field. Bellatrix goes back home. Philomena hears about the kiss in the field and writes a book about the kiss.
Back home Bellatrix gets engaged to the only 3 Time Best Actor winner ever. Looking like the Pringle Chip guy...3 Time's kiss with Bellatrix does not move a feather. Brody and Warlock rent a cottage on 3 Time's land. What will…
I am extremely pleased and surprisingly so. Period pieces often contain a posh and elegant look to them, making the costume and set designs appear nearly impeccable during every outing but they can also tend lose touch with their own characters and rendering their conflicts/emotions soulless after awhile. However this is my first brush with the Ivory/Merchant/Jhabvala collective and I must say that they are an entirely new kind of beast in adapting period piece models/classical literature adaptations. In fact I could go as far as to say that their one film here felt more genuine of the era and honest to its characters than most of their contemporaries.
So we have an American behind the camera in James Ivory…
Many regard this first Merchant/Ivory production of an E.M. Forster novel as a masterpiece. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the Oscars for Costume Design and Art Direction. While I agree it has its charm and several shining moments, the acting here is good, not excellent, and the storytelling with its frequent title cards is interesting, not awesome.
Specifically, Helena Bonham Carter was making her feature debut here and had not yet found her feet as a film star. She portrayed the central character Lucy Honeychurch like a tennis ball being batted back and forth by the other characters. She could scarcely keep up with veteran Maggie Smith playing…
that pond scene!! and some of the dialogue - ha ha! :D watching this again after so many years brought back a lot of memories, and time even added a touch of "camp" to the proceedings.
but the acting and the scenery make this film "a view" worth re-visiting: seriously!
the cast is phenomenal, featuring a very young & beautiful helena bonham carter and the always smooth & sexy julian sands (both of whom have truly wonderful hair!); "a room with a view" has something for everyone. daniel day lewis is a hoot as the dwebish cecil.
so why not take a trip back into edwardian england, via greece and italy, all filtered through the misty lens of 1985 and that dynamic duo of merchant & ivory?
c'mon! you know you want to. ;)
A very nice and charming period piece!! Such a great cast. This was Helena Bonham Carter's film debut, and while not the best I've seen from her, still very impressive for your debut. Considering I've only heard him as Valmont in Jackie Chan Adventures, it's interesting to see Julian Sands in the flesh, and I really liked the way he portrayed his characters free-spiritedness!! Daniel Day Lewis was almost unrecognizable as the snobby Cecil Vyse. He may or may not have been wearing false teeth. There is also Maggie Smith and Judi Dench (can't go wrong with either of them), who bring a certain charm to every role they are in.
It all begins with a room "without" a view.…
Reviewed with co-host Aaron West on our Criterion Close-Up podcast:
You don't earn a lot of respect these days by putting the full weight of your endorsement behind a Merchant-Ivory film, but the considerable pleasures of A Room with a View should not be undermined by some fear of being labelled a square. It's a screwball comedy masquerading as costume drama, consolidating the virtues of both traditions by ignoring the rules that individually constrain them. A spirited paean to the raptures of awakening.
I watched this sometime last week. Hulu started playing an interview segment after the film ended, and it made me miss watching films with commentary.
Excellent and subtle technical filmmaking, but I could not care less about anything it's actually about. Nevertheless, I still found the film quite fascinating.
Ever go into a movie expecting it to be fair-to-middling and then struggle with coming to terms with giving it the rating it properly deserves afterward?
Happened to me big time here. Several reviewers had used turgid to describe it. I was thinking, well then, it might make a good snow day film.
So then why was I ravished from the first frame, charmed by the dialogue, stunned that an 80s flick could look so painterly (so often they looked shite), engrossed by the love story, in love with Helena Bonham Carter, wanting to get into Edwardian fashion, dying at one of the most hilarious movie scenes ever (Oh, poor Mr. Beebe!).
Merchant Ivory worked magic here. Even the title cards are captivating. It isn't the type of film I usually award 4.5 stars to, but just because one is a cinephile doesn't mean one needs to be a snob.
Part of me was skeptical as to how I would react to this film because I'm such a fan of the source material, but Merchant and Ivory really crafted a genuinely faithful literary adaptation with this one (it helps that these rich characters are given performances by everyone from Helena Bonham Carter to Maggie Smith to Daniel Day-Lewis, cast perfectly as the uppity Cecil Vyse). The film loses almost none of the source material's original charm (and, in particular, its humor), I only wish it had done a bit more to generate its own stylistic vision. But that's a paltry complaint for what I consider perhaps the pinnacle of adaptations of "classic literature."
Pretty darn turgid. I watched it not too long after Sense and Sensibility, which highlighted the differences between the two - perhaps biggest of all, the characters and the story here just weren't engaging. Julian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter were both bland and tiresome, and most of the others were so one note (e.g. Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis) that I didn't take to their scenes any more.
Some nice scenes, but very slight, and difficult to get caught up in
Perhaps the single greatest love letter to a setting ever filmed and certainly the greatest book to film adaptation that I have ever seen. Merchant Ivory movies are singular movies that are always appropriate because from beginning to end, they provide the exact mood that is required.
Helena Bonham Carter shines in this typical costume romance.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…