Tuesday 27 June 2017

Film Review: A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion
26 June 2017
125 mins
Terence Davies (Director)
Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. (IMDB Synopsis)

I went into this movie with an open mind, knowing much of it would be speculation. In terms of the acting, it was an enjoyable piece with all the cast putting in excellent performance. It looked good, too, with all the trappings you'd expect from a period drama. However, I can only award it three and a half stars and not the four I would have liked to have given because of the editing and pacing. There were delightful moments, but at times it dragged. One of the main reasons for this was the inclusion of 'false endings'. Twice, the editing made me think the film was closing, only for a new scene to pop up. The first time it happened I was happy enough that there would be more. The second time, however, I began to wonder if it would ever end. To conclude, I am glad that I saw this movie; however, it's not one I can see myself wanting to watch again and again.

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