As society hostess Clarissa Dalloway prepares for another of her legendary parties, she finds herself haunted by figures and scenes from her passionate adolescence.
I have a lot of mixed feelings towards this film, but I guess if I were to summarise, I feel that the ball was dropped somewhere halfway through the film and it begins to meander a bit aimlessly towards its finish. The casting was great, and above all I really enjoyed Rupert Graves' portrayal of Septimus -- I actually kind of lost interest after his role finished in the film.
I feel like there was an uncertainty on how to handle Woolf's source material which lead to a weakness in the film's script and writing. As previously stated, the cast was great -- the plot (condensed into one day and told non-linearly) is solid, even the set designs were lovely. But in the long run, the film just falls flat at its finish.
Still very decent though, not bad -- just lackluster.
I wasn't expecting much to be honest, since from reading Woolf's prose, I know adapting it would be a near impossible task. Instead, this lived up to and excelled my expectations. It's a delightful gem of a film and though the (over)use of voiceover can be a touch trite, it is necessary for the storytelling.
I love that apart from the relationships and emotion, the film also focuses on issues that Woolf was concerned with during her lifetime, like feminism, writing and politics. Rupert Graves and Amelia Bullmore are utterly heartbreaking as Septimus and Rezia Smith. Also Vanessa Redgrave and Natascha McElhone are stunning and have enough gravitas as Clarissa that the film does not sag at any one moment.
It's sad to see a film that destroys or omits the majority of the grace and poetry of its source material; unfortunately, I believe Mrs Dalloway is one of those films. That said, the casting was brilliant, particularly in the case of Septimus, and the story remains as powerful as ever.
Wonderful movie. Great acting - you feel what the characters are going through.