Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives
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St. Ives is an utterly delicious romp. It is charming, funny, and romantic, with momemtary lapses in humour that so many comedies these days seem to lack. It follows the adventures of Jaques St. Ives (played with great skill by Jean-Marc Barr) one of Napolean's hussars. St. Ives, after contriving to get himself demoted in order to escape a number of duels inadvertanly tumbles into a camp of British soldiers and ends up in Scotland as a prisoner of war. There he meets charming Miss Flora and her wordly aunt (Anna Friel and Miranda Richardson) and comes across the uptight Major, played with hilarious British prudishness by Richard E Grant. After a daring escape, a run in with his long lost brother, and a balloon ride, everything settles nicely down to a very happy, sweet ending.
The film is perfectly cast. Jean-Marc Barr traipses through it with suave French heroicism, and Miranda Richardson sparkles as an interesting combination of proper British lady and worldly adventureous. Anna Friel is fresh faced and innocent, her laugh is infectous and Richard E. Grant kept me laughing. Jason Iasacs is also notable as St. Ives' brother.
It is a vividly shot film, with the colours bright and pure, and the soundtrack bounces along in perfect accordance to the light, humourous feel of the movie. In essense, this movie is a miniature feast for the eyes, and the heart.
Robert Louis Stevenson, a 19th Century English writer whose illustrious compatriots include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Jane Eyre wrote ST IVES--the book the film is based upon. This tale is somewhat reminiscent of a Jane Austen story with its lover's angst, but it lacks Austen's irony and amazing plot twists. Also, Janie did not include the blood and guts and sex depicted on the screen in ST IVES--but did Robinson? In some ways, ST IVES is more akin to the French tales of the Ancien regime (VALMONT) than the English tales of the Regency period, but unlike the French stories, this tale is relatively upbeat (there are some deaths).
Perhaps one might liken ST IVES to the Scarlet Pimpernel but the hero is a real Frenchman, not an English Aristocrat posing as one. St Ives is also fighting for Napoleon when he isn't dueling "wanabees" or chasing pretty women. One day, St Ives finds himself an English prisoner-of-war after back-slapping pal (his second at his numerous duels) unwittingly causes him to slide down an embankment into the waiting arms of British soldiers.
St Ives captors transport him to Scotland, where he is placed under the watchful eye and lock and key of Major Chevening who is a bit resentful of having been kept out of the fracas on the continent. Chevening has been ineffectively courting the delicious Flora, niece of Miss Gilcrist. In an amazing turn of events, Miss Gilchrist (who is extemely worldly) and St.Read more ›
At every turn the hero is faced with some new challenge that makes accomplishing his goal just a little more difficult. Along the way, he displays such charm, nobility, and courage you can't help but fall in love with him. This is a hero you would follow from bedroom to battlefield, palace to prison.
This story, and the overwhelming conflict, keeps the reader interested because Stevenson's protagonist has strong emotional appeal. You find yourself rooting for St. Ives at every turn, groaning when he is captured, gasping when someone he trusts turns on him.
The actors are well cast, especially the delicious Jason Isaacs (Colonel Tavington in The Patriot) as the villain.
The humor is tongue-in-cheek.
A sure hit!
The cast is absolutely stellar with the too infrequently seen Jean Marc Barr absolutely perfect in the title role. Anna Friel is a refreshing delight as the resourceful Flora and Miranda Richardson nearly walks away with the movie as her worldly, seen-it-all Aunt Susan. Richard Grant provides comic relief of the highest order.
This is not going to be the greatest movie anyone has ever seen, but it's charms are undeniable and the entire film fairly bristles with an energy that bursts with life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Welllll, this RLS story was NOT taught in school. Didn't know he had it in him. It's a hoot and a romp and absolutely delightful! Richard E. Grant steals the movie for me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bibliophiledw
This is one of my favorite movies and I am so glad to have it on DVD.Published 15 months ago by Tomas
I was pleased with the quick delivery of the product, but I was disappointed that the DVD did not have the same original music score as in the original movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lisa
Take time to enjoy this rollicking romance set in 1813. Everything about this movie is just right. The casting is superb, the story engrossing, the pace perfect and the ending is... Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by Doug Erlandson
I do believe Robert Louis Stevenson would approve of this witty, endearing and adventurous retelling of his classic story.
Jean Marc Barr, Miranda Richardson, Richard E. Read more
A lighthearted romp with scamps and villains costumed &
charming. Enjoy with a glass of vino at the end of a day
and enter this picturesque world of witty make-believe... Read more
I love my movie collection 97% was bought from amazon I will continue to collect and I do from this sight and all movies were in excellent condition whether bought pre-owned or... Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Sunshine
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