Movie Review: Being Julia
Alternate Title: All the World's a Stage
Story: If you need a break from today's events go check out this delightful film. I saw it on election day (gulp) and was transported for a few hours.
Director Istvan Szabo skillfully guides his cast through a roller coaster of scenes from the dramatic to the farcical and they all work. The film is based on a novella by W. Somerset Maugham and was adapted to the scene by The Pianist's Ronald Harwood.
London's most popular stage actress Julia is getting on in years and is bored. She and her husband have a modern (1938) marriage and, well you get the gist. She falls for a young man who turns out to be a social climber. How she works out all of her emotional turmoil and gets her sass back is the meat of the film.
If you like good acting, great direction and need a break...go see Being Julia.
Acting: Annette Bening is great. She lights up the screen and this film was made for her. Juliet Stevenson (Bend it Like Beckham) was wonderful as her dresser. Michael Gambon as her now dead, former acting teacher delights the screen. Jeremy Irons is perfect as the husband and Shaun Evans as young Tom was right on the mark (although I am not sure what she saw in him).
Predilection: I like Annette Bening.
Food: Lots of late suppers, champagne, beer, expresso and of course, tea.
Theater Audience: Very crowded for a Tuesday afternoon. I think lots of people needed an escape.
Sappy Factor: 0
Drift Range: Not a bit (oh maybe for a second or two as it was election day and I was very jittery).
Predictability Level: I was having such a good time watching Annette Bening I did not even attempt to think about where the film was headed.
Oscar Worthy: Annette Bening is already Oscarfide (I made up that word) and should get another nomination.
Nit Picking: The marketing of this film is terrible. It is far better than the previews.
Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure. For two other great Bening films, go check out: American Beauty and The Grifters.
Length: 100 minutes
LOBO HOWLS: 8