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To Love or Live a Lie. That is the Question
Of all the Merchant Ivory period pieces with lilting sunlight and bonnets with ribbons, this is one of the best. Miss Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) is chaperoned on a boring trip by her prude cousin, Charlotte. That is until they meet up with the Mr. Emersons (father and son) at a delightful vacation villa. The lovely Lucy with the requisite thick, flowing hair is engaged to the stuck-in-the-mud Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day Lewis). Enter the young, vibrant, unpredictable younger Mr. Emerson who swings from trees shouting things like, "Beauty! Love! Truth." To top it off, the Emersons are willing to switch rooms with the ladies so that Lucy and Charlotte may enjoy a room with a view. The young suitor makes his intentions known to Miss Honeychurch with wild abandonment. An inspired deep kiss in a golden meadow causes her to seriously doubt that Cecil Vyse is all that and a bag of chips. Back at the ranch, Miss Honeychurch must keep up the appearance of a happy engagement to the frozen icebox, Cecil, brilliantly portrayed by DDL. Should one accept that which is predictably stable in a life partner or should one break the mold and follow one's true passion? Miss Honeychurch's path to truth and true love is a joyous journey to enlightenment.
room with a view
- kevin sellers
A likeable, charming James Ivory film from a likable, charming E.M. Forster novel that, in a softly satirical tone, deals with the theme of living one's life passionately and unconventionally. Lovely early twentieth century art direction and cinematography, that takes in Florence and the English countryside, help to both propel this film and draw the viewer in, along with fine performances from Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith (who reveals the humanity beneath the stodgy spinster she plays) Julian Sands, Denholm Elliot (as the freest of the free spirits in the cast) and Judy Dench. Unfortunatey, the usually great Daniel Day Lewis, in one of his first roles, is not among the good actors, in my opinion. His character is unbelievably caricatured as the ultimate, stiff, pompous English aesthete. Not only does he provide a clunky contrast to the subtlety of the rest of the cast, but as too broadly played by Lewis you simply don't believe that the woman with a mind of her own, played by Bonham Carter, would give him even so much as a glance, let alone agree to marry him. It's the single biggest off note in an otherwise fine film, and drags it down from an A to an A minus, in my humble.
My favorite film of all time.
Not one single scene in the entire film I don't like, skip over or would cut and I cannot say thatabout any other film, all the greats included. Absolutely perfect beginning to end and in the middleand the music score is magnificent as well.
- Patti De Leon
Sit back, have a cup of tea, relax and enjoy. You have early performances of Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Day Lewis and Julian Sands. You also have the amazing Judi Dench and prolific Maggie Smith. The film is VERY beautiful. The acting is exquisite. Watching this film is truly an experience.
Room With a View deserves a primetime hour slot
I am just reiterating what I said in my last commentthis wonderful movie is on but at an ungodly hour 4:45 am ........why?????
As a movie fan, I have watched thousands of films. Yet I am always hoping for the rare find, a film which not only thoroughly delights and uplifts, but also in which the elements of acting, cinematography, words and music combine for a totally satisfying artistic experience. These are the movies that never leave one's memory, films you want to see again and again and by which all others are judged for the pleasure a 'pure' film delivers without vulgarity or profanity. A ROOM WITH A VIEW is one such masterpiece. Now I am hoping that TCM will soon feature ENCHANTED APRIL, guaranteed likewise to thrill other viewers who share my aesthetics. Thank you TCM!
Room With a View
I love this movie and wonder why TCM puts it on the Canadian schedule at 1 am why not 8 pm ???you cannot buy this movie either
usually these movies are dull and long, this one was really good.