Brideshead Revisited (2008)
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as Charles Ryder
as Sebastian Flyte
as Lady Marchmain
as Julia Flyte
as Lord Marchmain
as Bridey Flyte
as Cordelia Flyte
as Mr. Edward Ryder
as Rex Mottram
as ship's barber
as Anthony Blanche
as Cousin Jasper
as Lady guest
as Celia Ryder
as English lord
as American professor
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Critic Reviews for Brideshead Revisited
Even if the material is familiar, even if it has been done well before, there is room in a great book for a new interpretation.
Directed by Julian Jarrold from a script by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, this new adaptation adroitly condenses Waugh's plot while eliminating or reversing most of his intended meanings.
In the end, however, this is a film which though less ambitious than Atonement is very much the equal of The Duchess. Its weakness is the same as that of the latter: it has no guiding hand prepared to take risks and make it distinctive.
It's not much to offer a newcomer, who would be best advised to read Waugh's novel; failing that, to get hold of the TV serial. Either would be preferable to this copy of a copy, and a rather inadequately handled one at that.
Lovely if you have the time. But if you have the time you may, I feel, be living in the wrong time.
Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited
This is an interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the decadence of British aristocracy prior to WWII, and it may leave you thinking about it long after the film is over.
Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly different character than usual and as always doing it masterfully. Once she's gone from the scene its just pretty pictures with people you neither really like or care about.
Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".
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