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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?
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.
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…
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…
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. ;)
Sumptuous, beautiful and oozing class. This film absolutely charmed me and I'm extremely glad I decided to pop it on at 4am when I couldn't get to sleep.
My favourite activity while watching this film was wondering which of the characters were secretly gay. I'm assuming at least three of them. Can anyone guess which three I'm thinking of?
Ahhh … so many movies to watch and only a finite number of hours each day to watch them. This dilemma of every film buff was certainly on my mind when I started “Room with a View.” The first fifteen minutes definitely did not work for me. My first impression was that “Room with a View” was nothing more than an anemic counterfeit of a “real” Merchant-Ivory. But I resisted punching the off-button, and I hung in there a little longer. I’m glad I did. “Room with a View” ultimately turned out to be one of those rare stories that get better as each minute ticks by. Sharp dialogue, sumptuous photography, and top-notch acting all eventually gelled into one glorious…
"Physical sensation" is the key phrase here, the visual and aural textures of the film—a staccato montage of stony limbs in the Piazza della Signoria; a handsome Italian lounging with a cigarette against the lush countryside; the passion of a Beethoven sonata—creating a kind of dialectic between an openness to it (a willingness to be "transfigured," to borrow the novelist's choice of words) and a snobbery (associated with close-mindedness and more conventional notions of propriety). As the title suggests, there's an emphasis on being transformed by one's surroundings ("I cannot see that you should object in such a landscape."), with the presence of both Charlotte and Freddy ensuring that it's not strictly a matter of class (as Day-Lewis's Cecil would…
Cockney signora was literally me in my Italian lessons
Speaking as a gormless American, I marvel at comedies of manners that get me to giggle without quite knowing why.
(This is one of those comedies.)
From Italy to England, a charming tour with some delightfully colorful characters.
Not a big fan of Victorian-era period pieces but A Room with a View is beautifully shot, surprisingly funny, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The first act is definitely stronger with the scenes in Italy but I do enjoy the bumbling fool that Daniel Day Lewis plays and with all the Tim Burton films it's easy to forget how good Bonham Carter used to be.
I'm not a converted fan of Merchant Ivory films or 1800's aristocrat romance but I did enjoy A Room with a view, so I guess that's sort of a recommendation?
BEAUUUUUTY! LOOOOOOVE! TRUUUUUUST! A Room with a View tells a very soft romance story with only the period piece to make it stand out. The romance is dull and jarring with weak plot points and jarring editing. Plot wise, Things tend to happen from out of nowhere with no build up and are often spoiled with title cards that make it very disengaging. Editing tries to create a more play-vibe with opera music and hard cuts but it only feels jarring and uninspired. The period piece, costumes, and locations are beautiful and make for great eye candy. Characters aren't very unique and are only there to react to current crisis without any impact at all except for necessary plot points. Overall, the scene with the guy in the tree yelling passionate words made this movie worth it.
Damn near all of the most honored British actors of recent decades make some sort of appearance in “A Room with a View.” There is of course lead Helena Bonham-Carter (“Fight Club,” “The King’s Speech”), as young as I have ever seen her. Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love,” “Pride & Prejudice”) prattles on through a few scenes as a clueless novelist. Maggie Smith (the Harry Potter series) is perfectly cast as the prudish and fussy Charlotte Bartlett. Denholm Elliott (the Indiana Jones series) plays perhaps the movie’s most interesting character, the wonderfully forthright Mr. Emerson. And last but far from least, Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood,” “Lincoln”) completely embodies the obnoxious snob Cecil Vyse. I already know he is an…
UPDATED: June 23, 2016
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