Brideshead Revisited

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Brideshead Revisited

Julian Jarrold (2008)

127min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Like the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, this take on a literary classic is destined to be compared to the landmark TV serialisation that came before it. ITV's 1981 production of Evelyn Waugh's between-the-wars tale was memorably brought to life by Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons as the leads. Here Matthew Goode takes the role of Charles Ryder, a middle-class scholar who is drawn into the upper-class world of fellow Oxford undergraduate Lord Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw). The two men develop a close bond over the course of a summer spent at Flyte's family home, Brideshead. However, their chaste relationship is thrown into jeopardy by Sebastian's erratic behaviour and Charles's growing attraction to Sebastian's sister, Julia (Hayley Atwell). Becoming Jane director Julian Jarrold's film has much to commend it, particularly the performances of Whishaw (charming, camp, dangerous) and co-stars Emma Thompson and Patrick Malahide. And although the bookend sequences do feel rather like awkward appendages, the loss of lesser characters and changes to the book's structure shouldn't offend purists too much.

Summary

A student at Oxford in the 1920s becomes fascinated with the glamorous lives of an aristocratic friend and his sister, but a complex love triangle develops between the three, while their idyllic relationship is threatened by the arrival of the siblings' embittered mother. Drama based on Evelyn Waugh's novel, starring Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell and Emma Thompson.

Cast & Crew

Charles Ryder Matthew Goode
Sebastian Flyte Ben Whishaw
Julia Flyte Hayley Atwell
Lady Marchmain Emma Thompson
Lord Marchmain Michael Gambon
Cara Greta Scacchi
Edward Ryder Patrick Malahide
Rex Mottram Jonathan Cake
Director Julian Jarrold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Edited for contentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Oct 2008
Drama