Starring Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave
Stunning. Adept. Passionate.
Magnificent literary adaptation of E.M Forster’s best novel about the kind Schlegel sisters, the proud Wilcox’s, and the unfortunate Mr. Bast. Margaret Schlegel (Thompson) befriends Mrs. Wilcox (Redgrave), and then, following the latter’s death, marries Mr. Wilcox (Hopkins). Helen Schlegel (Bonham-Carter) has a tryst with one of the Wilcox’s sons, before falling for the lower class Mr. Bast. This film isn’t as apparent as the novel in how it demonstrates the disparity between the haves (personified in Mr. Wilcox) and the have-nots (Mr. Bast), but a general unfairness of fate permeates the story. Justly receiving 9 Oscar nominations, the production is glorious, and the leads are excellent. Thompson and Hopkins in particular.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-