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Restoration

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Meg Ryan (KATE AND LEOPOLD) and Robert Downey Jr. (WONDER BOYS) head a superb cast of stars in this stylish and provocative story of love, power, and seduction! Robert Merivel (Downey) is a young man who seems to have everything ... until a passionate affair leads to scandal, suddenly leaving him heartbroken and penniless. But it's only after losing it all that Merivel discovers who he really is and -- with the love of a beautiful woman (Ryan) -- becomes the man he never dreamed he could be! Also featuring Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) and Hugh Grant (NOTTING HILL), this critically acclaimed and entertaining motion picutre won two 1995 Academy Awards(R) for Best Achievement in Art Direction and Costume Design.

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  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker, Meg Ryan
  • Directors: Michael Hoffman
  • Writers: Rose Tremain, Rupert Walters
  • Producers: Andy Paterson, Bob Weinstein, Cary Brokaw, Donna Gigliotti, Garth Thomas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428379
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Restoration" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 21, 2004
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"Restoration" won a pair of Oscars for Eugenio Zanetti's Art Direction-Set Deocration and James Acheson's Costume Design, and there is a sense in which the spectacular sets threaten to overwhelm the story, which is based on the novel by Rose Tremain. This is a gorgeous film where the camera often takes time to focus on every detail as we are introduced to one spectacular set after another that presents the lavish court of King Charles II, who returned to the English throne following the restoration of the Stuart monarch. As far as period costume dramas go this 1994 film is virtually in a class by itself, and how it was made for only $18 million is beyond belief.

The reason that many viewers may not cotton to this film is that it is one in which we are repeatedly misled as to what the film is above. Even with the hint of the film's title, which is at face value the term used to describe the reign of Charles II, "Restoration" makes more sense retrospectively. However, I liked the idea that my idea of what the film was about kept evolving. After all the times I have sat through predictable films and been ahead of the characters and the plot, I can certainly enjoy trying to keep up with a story for once and being surprised by the twists and turns in the narrative.

The story is about Robert Merivel (Robert Downey Jr.), a young physician of great promise who is summoned to court to attend to a patient at the command of the King (Sam Neill). Merivel succeeds, albeit more through luck than skill, and is appointed to a position in court. Seduced by life in the palace Merivel accepts the position, which means turning his back on his studies and his best friend John Pearce (David Thewlis), a Quaker.
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Here is one of my favorite films and one of the best period pieces of recent years. Occuring during the English Restoration period, it is also the story of a soul's restoration to recognize one's talents and one's destiny. Based on the novel by Rose Tremain, it cuts across the events of the era using the life of the character Robert Merivel, played by Robert Downey, Jr. The beauty of the costumes and art direction was accomplished within a miniscule budget (the total film budget was less than $20 million) but resulted in winning the Oscar for both categories. As always, Mr. Downey Jr. proves that he is one of the top actors in America today. It is a pity that his personal life has been so tragic and yet, here within this film, he portrays an individual bent on self-destruction rather than recognizing and exercising his talents. You want to shout, "Robert, do you watch any of your films?" It is funny, touching and inspiring. Sadly, not a box office smash, but it was a difficult movie to promote. Also, pay attention to the film score, a great combination of classical music of the period and an excellent score by James Newton Howard. And, to Mr. Downey Jr., who I hope can get his personal troubles behind him so that he can enjoy his talents, there is a line for him that is quite appropriate: "Lord, send a light to show Robert the way."
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The first time I saw this movie I was distinctly underwhelmed. I'm an art historian with a specialty in the Baroque and found the settings way over the top, especially in the palace scenes. Everything seemed to be enlarged and rather ridiculous. I'm afraid that my annoyance about this prevented me from seeing the real value of the film. After a long time I recently viewed it again and was stunned to discover that there was a very interesting and inspiring story lurking among the overinflated sets. The story of a person's decay into self-indulgence and self-pity and eventual discovery, through religious friends, of the pathway to genuine happiness by caring for others was actually very surprising in contemporary culture. Bravo!
On the performances: I thought Robert Downey, Jr. did a pretty good job in the title role and that Sam Neill did a remarkably good job (with, I suspect, some tongue-in-cheek)embodying Charles II. I was less impressed by the women (and Hugh Grant), but they really had subordinate roles anyway. And Ian McKellan, who has always impressed me as a very physical actor, did a great job as an elderly rural servant. Best of all were the pack of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who did a superb job of playing themselves!
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Among the opulence in the English Court of King Charles II (Sam Neill), lies the foreboding and dreary London of 1663. This is where we are introduced to the young and brilliant Robert Merivel (Robert Downey, Jr.) along with his fellow physician, John Pierce.

While Pierce is a Quaker and quite serious, his friend Merivel is daring and a bit hedonistic, although extremely full of passion for the human condition. He is desperate to experience the joy in life and cannot find a balance in the London College of Medicine. He may be dedicated to medicine although just as dedicated to himself at the start of this beautiful period piece, set in the age of Restoration. While this is the climate for the movie, the 'Restoration' is more about Robert Merivel.

King Charles II, learning of his insightful methods, appoints him to be his court physician. While Merivel is rather bored and looking for some amusement in his own life, court life is exactly what the doctor ordered. He pleases the King and is knighted quickly only to learn that the reason why is to remove one of the King's mistresses, in wedlock, to his newly obtained estate away from court.

There is a condition based on this marriage and that is the ribald doctor is not to touch the King's mistress, Lady Celia. I would be remiss not to mention the wonderful actor Ian McKellen stars as the overseer of his newly acquired estate and that the King commissions his portrait artist (Hugh Grant) for a deviously comical situation.

This beautifully directed movie by Michael Hoffman, displays more like a two act saga. The above showing the gorgeous sets and costumery of the age along with all the legendary court decadence and debauchery.
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