The Wings of the Dove (1997)


“I wish I had wings of the dove so I could fly away. ” – Merton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman being raised by her wealthy aunt must find a rich husband despite falling in love with a poor journalist.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came out but since I’m not the biggest fan of costume dramas, I avoided it up until now.

Since I’m now on a quest to watch all films that have received Oscar nominations for performances, I decided to finally see what this was all about.

The movie actually surprised me because it was much more engaging than I had expected it to be.

They have a very intriguing look at how the various classes were viewed in England around the turn of the Century.

The chemistry between the three leads is great and it’s quite easy to believe the relationship between Helena Bodham Carter and Linus Roache.

The added elements n this story of the love triangle between the two and Allison Elliott also works well and adds some nice layers to the story that all seem genuine and realistic.

The story is drawn out a bit too much and feel overly long.

It’s unfortunate that they didn’t speed up some of the scenes which would have made it even more compelling and enjoyable than it already is.

The plot is quite clever and they succeed throughout in making things seem very realistic in the way that the story unfolds.

Carter was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film about the classes in turn of the Century England. The chemistry between Carter and Roach is great and it’s quite easy to believe their relationship. The added element of their friendship with Elliott is also great and adds even more layers to the love triangle aspect of the movie.  The story itself is a bit too long and might have been better if certain parts were sped up a bit instead of drawn out. The story’s plot is quite clever and they succeed in making this feels very realistic in the way that things play out. Carter was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The story was moved up in time from 1902 to 1910, in part at the behest of costume designer Sandy Powell. Fashion evolved significantly between those eight years, and Powell felt that the 1910 silhouette would help set the film apart from the films made by Merchant-Ivory (which are often set in the 1900s). Powell’s efforts and subsequent unique designs earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design but like most other nominated films in 1997, lost to ‘Titanic’. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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