Enchanting, with gravity
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The story is lively and great, the
dialog quick,witty and fabulous, darling. The performances are
outstanding, particularly Stephan Campbell Moore, David Tennent, James
McAvoy and especially Fenella Woolgar, who plays her supporting role
brilliantly. Emily Mortimer's beauty makes her acting a non-issue, but
she is perfect in her portrayal of the fickle love interest. Stephen
Fry's direction pulls it all together in such a delightful way that I
felt as if I was one of the bright young things tagging along from
party to party, race course to race course, bomb-drop to bomb-drop, and
Fry's camp-fest fails to move.
Fry, fascinated by desperate decadence, naturally alights on Waugh's Vile
Bodies, an apparently double-edged.
Unfortunately Fry lacks Waugh's gift for laconic and strongly felt
characterisation and indulges in some somewhat leaden and obvious
elucidation of character, revealing characters of limited sympathy that
cannot find the energy to care about.
Fry's years of skit-writing shine through, however, and some scenes are
object lessons in how to simultaneously amuse and move plot along.
Unfortunately it doesn't add up to a film of great depth or
The ending is somewhat double-edged, being either an ironic happy ending
contemptible characters or a triumph of love redeemed by hardship. Either
way it fails to satisfy, the ironic ending revealing a lack of interest in
the characters' fortunes, or too many loose plot ends that are brushed
to make it "work"..