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Movie Review: Bright Star

Alternate Title: Poetry in Motion

Story: Roses are red, violets are blue, if you like poetry, this film is for you. This film is also for all movie lovers who adore exceptionally made period pieces. It will transport you to a quieter time where the Romance poets sat about dreaming of odes, love and all things earthly and spiritual. It is a love story in the purest of forms. Kudos to writer and director Jane Campion for a masterful piece of filmmaking.

It is 1818 - Hampstead London. Impoverished, young John Keats comes to live near the engaging Fanny Brawne. Their doomed from the start relationship builds slowly over a three year period of time. I became totally enveloped in their budding courtship, the poetry and the romance. The chemistry between the two actors was palpable.

The attention to every detail of the period, the wonderful cinematography, the lighting, the music and the understated acting make this a first rate, must see film for all (unless of course your choice in movies must include explosions, monsters and digital special effects).

A thing of beauty is a joy forever . For more information on John Keats go to: http://englishhistory.net/keats.html

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTetIodauIM

Acting: Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne was spectacular. She reminded me of a young Charlize Theron. Ben Whishaw as John Keats was exceptional too. Paul Schneider as Mr. Brown was delightfully abrupt. The entire ensemble cast was wonderful.

Trivia: Jane Campion became the second female to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Director category for her film The Piano (1993). The first being Lina Wertmüller for her film Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975). FYI - Anna Paquin, the young Canadian who grew up in New Zealand and whose only acting experience was as a skunk at a school play, stunned movie-goers from all over the world with her performance as Holly Hunter's angry young daughter in the acclaimed film The Piano (1993). Anna, who received an Oscar for her performance (the second youngest Oscar winner ever), has proven that The Piano (1993) was only the beginning of a fabulous career. She is now Sookie Stackouse in True Blood. Ben Whishaw beat out Leonardo DiCaprio and Orlando Bloom for the role of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006). Abbie Cornish met boyfriend Ryan Phillippe while filming Stop-Loss (2008) in August 2006. They have been together ever since.

Predilection: None

Critters: A fabulous tuxedo cat named Topper, geese and street dogs.

Food: There were scenes in the kitchen that showed food, including some sort of fowl, but I do not remember anyone eating anything other than some sort of cookie.

Sex Spectrum: Keats and Brawne have the purest of relationships.

Soundtrack: Who can complain about Mozart?

Opening Titles: A lovely opening with a close up of Fanny doing some lovely stitch work.

Visual Art: Kudos to director of photography, Greig Fraser.

Theater Audience: I was alone in the secret balcony but did hear rustling downstairs.

Weather: All of the seasons are beautifully depicted.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I was riveted throughout.

Predictability Level: I knew what happens to John Keats.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Big Screen or Rental: Instead of a movie, how about reading something by one of the Big Six of English romantic literature - William Blake - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Wordsworth - The Prelude, Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Rime of the Ancient Mariner, George Gordon, Lord Byron - Don Juan, Percy Bysshe Shelley - Prometheus Unbound and John Keats - Ode on a Grecian Urn.

Length: Two hours