Rating: PG-13 for adult situations
Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Director Mira Nair became something of a household name with the enormous critical success of Monsoon Wedding. Has success gone to her head?
Absolutely not. Nair’s keen eye and artistic flair are abundantly evident in this lush screen adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s drawing-room drama of the same name.
headlines as Becky Sharp, a cunning governess who claws her way into the
upper-crust society of 19th century
is an enigma – her Becky Sharp clearly delighting in the sights and sounds of
Thackeray’s prose is sheer poetry (“He has the charm of an undertaker and the humor of a corpse!”) and well-suited to its talented cast. And what a cast it is; accomplished Brits Jim Broadbent, Geraldine McEwan and Bob Hoskins rubbing elbows with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Rhys Ifans among others. Stunning costume design and swelling score are pleasures, though this juicy period soap overstays its welcome past the two-hour mark.