Words and Stitches: “Bright Star”


So this was the second period piece that I was getting confused with “Young Victoria”. Granted, they have nothing in common and are in different time periods. Maybe it was the English accents and fancy wording that was throwing me off.

Anyway, I was familiar with John Keats’s poetry in high school and I also knew that he had died young. Isn’t it a proven fact that no one likes your work until you are dead?

John Keats didn’t like his work and it didn’t sell well, but yet he is one of the best known poets in the world.

Okay past the history lesson and onto the romance that was in the movie. The romance was very sweet, but it also felt like a very long courtship a.k.a the pace of the movie.  That was probably the only thing that bothered me and not a big of deal…kinda.

Probably my favorite bits of the movie included the “good night” note and both of them knocking on the wall that joins their sides of the house together. It became a next door romance that you always hear about and aren’t suprised that it happened.

Also enjoyed the parts of Fanny’s siblings being their mother’s watchful eyes. They were both cute and innocent, but at the same time, very observant.

What surprised me was that I didn’t know that Keats was poor. So he was smart and he was charming, but no one wanted to be his wife because he was poor. Frances “Fanny” Browne, played by Abbie Cornish,did, but her mother wasn’t really thrilled with that. Nice, right? Don’t marry for love because you need a relationship with money first.

Once again, it was interesting to see where a title of a movie came about. “Bright Star” comes from the subject of a poem Keats wrote for her. Most titles aren’t hard to find in a movie, but it’s always good to recognize where the title does emerge from.

Random Question: Really Ryan Phillippe, you cheated on Reese Witherspoon with Abbie Cornish? Once again, really?

Nothing really grabbed my attention in this film because like I said, it was a slow moving film and sometimes even slow dialogue. The only parts that seemed well done in my mind were when he was reciting or writing poetry. Poetry is a foreign language on it’s own, isn’t it? It’s a mystery to me sometimes what the hidden meaning of his words really are.

It was a period piece so it comes as no surprise that it was nominated for costume design. Costumes in very old times required alot of work so costumes designers deserve credit for trying to recreate these looks especially Fanny’s eccentric looks.

Oscar nominations: Best Costume Design (Jane Patterson)

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