Subtle and poignant.
I'm grateful to Milton Keynes Gallery for including this in their film schedule.
It's probably lazy to call anything that's a little messed up and set in Yorkshire as Brontë Sisters-esque, isn't it??
Even so, I'm sure it's not just Alma Taylor's Kate Bush hair and billowing skirts that had me making that comparison. It's a pretty messed up story, but it's great to look at with moody firelit interiors and some pretty spectacular landscape shots.
This review was originally published in the Milton Keynes Pulse magazine in connection with the 30th anniversary of the film's UK release. Here it is on their website: mkpulse.co.uk/withnail-i/. I've also discussed it over on the Flixwise: Canada podcast, with Martin Kessler.
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