Razzle, dazzle the roaring era!!
I can warmly recommend Bright Young Things to people who are fascinated by
Stephen Fry's film version of the Evelyn Waugh's novel is at times
bright and annoying, but even if it fails at some levels, it is a
welcomed movie, in that it reveals so much of the craziness in the
English society of the time.
The young actors assembled for this film make it a joy to watch. We go
from one party to another; how much fun these "young creatures" had!
What comes as a shocking surprise is, that while a flamboyant Miles
camps all over the place, no one seems to care about his being ever so
"gay". The shock comes when he is accused of being homosexual and has
to abandon England. This was hypocrisy at its best; while he was
tolerated by the in crowd, he can't avoid the sticky laws of that era
in a supposedly evolved and permissive society.
Emily Mortimer and Stephen Campbell Moore are at the center of the
story and both are welcome presences in what will be long film and
theatre careers for both of them. Mr. Fry gets excellent acting from
all his actors.
There are brilliant cameos by Bill Paterson and Imelda Staunton; they
are amazing as Lord and Lady Brown. Peter O'Toole, as Colonel Blount,
is also incredible as the man who loves to give his money away! Jim
Broadbent, as the drunk major, is perfectly goofy as a man in a cloud,
not dealing with reality. Equally good in their short moments in front
of the camera were John Mills, Richard E. Grant and Harriet Walker,