Period drama revisited
PUBLISHED: 12:59 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 August 2010
A WORKING class artist finds himself living in an upper-class mansion in Brideshead Revisited. Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) is an aspiring London artist about to study history at Oxford in the 1920s when a chance encounter
A WORKING class artist finds himself living in an upper-class mansion in Brideshead Revisited.
Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) is an aspiring London artist about to study history at Oxford in the 1920s when a chance encounter changes the course of his life.
Ryder develops a close relationship with a foppish aristocrat, Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), to the backdrop of the roaring, care-free interwar period.
Things get complicated when Ryder is introduced to Sebastian's sister Julia (Hayley Atwell) whose high-born beauty quickly infatuates him.
He also meets Sebastian's overbearing and pious mother, the very Lady Marchmain (Emma Thompson).
Ryder goes to spend his summer at the family's Brideshead estate and develops a complicated relationship with the family.
Although fascinated by his life-changing encounter, Ryder doesn't necessarily get the happy ending he imagined.
Rather like Atonement, this adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel is a poor-man's glimpse into the world of the 1920s aristocracy.
Director Julian Jarrold employs some handheld camera work and quick-cut editing that separates his film from others in the genre.
The book is admittedly shoehorned into a brief running time, but Brideshead Revisited pulls it off thanks to its screenwriters, who were behind Pride and Prejudice and The Last King of Scotland.
Essentially, if you liked Atonement, you'll like this period-study of class, religious, and sexual conflict.
* Brideshead Revisited is out in cinemas from October 3.