This review is part of the Meg and Michelle’s March Blogathon currently being held over at Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies. Thanks to Paul for running such a great idea for a blogathon and letting me participate!
“Newland. You couldn’t be happy if it meant being cruel. If we act any other way I’ll be making you act against what I love in you most. And I can’t go back to that way of thinking. Don’t you see? I can’t love you unless I give you up.” Ellen
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – An upper class eligible bachelor gets more than he bargains for when he falls in love with his fiancés cousin.
My Take on it – When I think of Martin Scorsese, I always picture violent gang related scenes that flow with blood.
Knowing that, I was quite surprised to watch a romance movie that has no blood whatsoever that was directed by him.
The cast does a wonderful job in creating the illusion that we are back in the old New York upper class social ritual system and we get to see how everything really worked back then.
This film has a top notch cast led by Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer who are both superb and Winona Ryder does a fine job in a supporting role.
The story itself drags a bit here and there so it’s a bit unfortunate that they weren’t able to trim it down a bit.
What makes this film so much fun to walk is Scorsese’s direction because with it, we are seemingly transported back in time to a place that feels both foreign and familiar to us.
His directing diversity in this genre proves that he truly is a master of most genres and is capable of doing any kind of movie, even ones without violence and blood.
Bottom Line – Excellent cast helps bring the past social rituals to life before our very eyes. Scorsese’s direction once again proves his genre diversity and how masterful a director he really is. Great script helps transport us to a time a place that is both familiar and foreign to us. Drags a bit too much here and there but overall it is quite an enjoyable story. Day-Lewis and Pfeiffer are superb and Ryder also does a nice job with what she has been given. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jay Cocks first gave his friend Martin Scorsese a copy of Edith Wharton’s novel back in 1980. At the time, he told Scorsese, “When you do that romantic piece, this one is you”. It took Scorsese seven years to finally get around to reading the book. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy 8/10