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In this way, the film completely misses out on the essence of the story. It basically becomes a vehicle for a string of sumptuously executed pretty pictures.Read more ›
I disagree that it was a fast-forwarding through the book. It was a gross misinterpretation of the book, of Becky, most specifically.
We are urged into feeling deep sympathy for poor Becky by seeing little girl Becky in all her unloved half-orphan (and then very soon, full-orphaned) state. And as a mother to two daughters, that tugged on my heartstrings.
However - this is not the Becky Sharp that Thackery wrote about.
Becky Sharp went for the soft underbelly.
She loathed Amelia Sedley - perhaps because Amelia was so kind to her. Broken early on, Becky could not accept that kindness without resentment and rage. Amelia's charity (which isn't seen in the movie) served to fuel Becky's contempt and hatred. Becky's avid (and successful) attempts at making George Osborne fall for her was spurred on not only by George's initial insolence and destruction of her marital plans with Jos, but also by her anger and resentment towards Amelia.
Thackery's Becky is not a caricature - she has real depth, and although she mostly enjoys twisting the screws into Amelia's thumbs, she also can't help but pity her, and when it finally comes down to it, loses patience and pushes her towards Dobbin by revealing George's indiscretion. It is one of her few acts of selfless kindness. It seems at this point, she is weary of the whole game. But then again, she is much older and a bit wiser.
In addition to hurting Amelia, Becky deliberately sets out to hurt many others - anyone who has slighted Becky is in danger. She mocks, mimics, and often goes for the figurative throat in an attempt to ruffle her injured feathers.Read more ›
William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair," first published serially in 1847-48, tells the story of the fortunes of two women, the ambitious and amoral Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a struggling painter and a French opera singer, and the passive Amelia Sedley, the wellborn but sheltered daughter of rich merchant. The two young women meet at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for young ladies, where Becky is a tutor of French and Amelia a student, and become friends. We then follow their intertwined lives as Jane tries to climb the social ladder and Amelia follows the dictates of her heart. "Vanity Fair" is celebrated for Thackeray's disparaging and negative portrait of the upper classes of early 19th-century England. The characters are rather vile, the relationships are hopelessly doomed, and readers who were not the targets of Thackeray's pen have enjoyed it ever since.
The BBC did its most reason mini-series version of "Vanity Fair" in 1998 with Natasha Little as Becky Sharp (Little plays Lady Jane Sheepshanks in this version), having done in 1987 with Eve Matheson and in 1967 with Susan Hampshire. This version has Reese Witherspoon playing Becky Sharp, and while having an American actress play the young woman trying to get into English society does translate into a sense that she is clearly on the outside, she does not really convey the amorality of the character. In this version of "Vanity Fair" Becky comes across as mild rather than sharp.Read more ›
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Though the performances are excellent and direction overall very good, the film takes the wrong turn in the last twenty minutes, forsaking Thackeray's ironic intentions, and going... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joseph Morris
It's not my favorite romantic period movie but I don't think it's bad. Witherspoon isn't my favorite in this type of role. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rebecca
Pretty. But stupid. Stupid movie about an old timey ho. And the melodrama just killed me.Published 20 days ago by jesse
Absolutely agonizing. It seems preposterously ridiculous to me that, in this setting of the 19th century period piece, they couldn't think of some better way to account for even a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by shopgirl76
I happened to really,really love this version of Vanity Fair I think Mira Nair is very talented and Reese Witherspoon is a great little actress so why the heck am I being insulted... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria R.Remington
This movie wouldn't be worth watching if Jonathan Rhys Meyers weren't in it. Reese Witherspoon's performance is terrible. She doesn't draw me in at all.Published 2 months ago by Sharron Rouse
Pretty good - but this movie seemed disjointed or something - like someone left important parts on the cutting room,floor or something ... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheila J. Ferrell
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