Movie Review – Bright Star

Bright StarBright Star
directed by Jane Campion
2009

Bright Star is historical eye-candy.  It follows the love story of Fanny Brawne and John Keats between 1818-21.  Keats (Ben Wishaw) is the hopelessly romantic poet who falls in love with Brawne (Abbie Cornish), an eighteen year old with a talent for fashion design and needlework.  The flirtation and development of the inevitable affair is impeded by Keats’ poverty and hinderance of his friend, Charles Brown (Paul Schneider) .

Unless you are aware of the biography of Keats or Brawne, the story is unpredictible.  Cornish and Wishaw play the young lovers so well, it is hard to believe that you aren’t living in the era before electricity and sewing machines.  Brawne’s wardrobe is to die for.  Keats is more passionate than a book of poetry.  The English countryside, manors, and gardens are beautiful.  The sound of Keats’ fountain pen scribbling love letters to Brawne can make any heart melt.

Clearly I loved the movie, perfect for a rainy night with a warm blanket and a cup of herbal tea (I recommend Christmas in Paris from Stash – kind of chocolate mint, YUM!)

IMDB gave it a 7.0 out of 10.  I give it an 8.5

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