If you’re in the mood for a chick flick that includes colorful costumes, fancy dinner balls and beautiful carriages you’ll probably soon be in a theater full of ladies watching the period piece, Vanity Fair. In the early 1800’s, following an impoverished childhood in a London orphanage, Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) decides to climb the social ladder from the lower class to the rich and elite. With the help of her good friend Amelia (Romola Garai) she claws her way into the upper class even though the snobbish society ladies don’t want to accept her. Becky also marries a wealthy card playing aristocrat but when the marriage fails she fall from grace and hits the bottom hard. The high points to this film are the beautiful costumes and the cinematography of old England – neither of which I could enjoy. The downside is that this is a colossal story and they try to cram 40 years into an excruciating 140 minutes. Viewers are introduced to a multitude of characters and in the hopes of bringing the story to a conclusion (it’s not fast enough) the scenes jump forward in time. As a result, huge pieces of the story are cut out. As if that’s not bad enough, I had such a hard time understanding the British accents I left the movie and almost climbed into someone else’s car. My wife would have enjoyed that because she wouldn’t have to listen to me complain and ruin her cinema experience. In consideration of the ladies (I still want to sleep in my bed tonight) I’m not going to rate this film lower than a C rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.