“Action is Character.”
When I think of this line from the film, I realize that it represents everything in it. Your action, in order to build your character, is to go and see this film. I assure you, you’re in for a real treat with director Lone Scherfig’s adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir, An Education. With some of the best performances that I’ve seen all year lead by the new “it” girl Carey Mulligan, when you see this film you’ll realize what all the buzz is about.
Check out our review below…
- Director: Lone Scherfig
- Cast: Carey Mulligan (interview), Peter Sarsgaard (interview), Dominic Cooper (interview), Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson
- Writers: Lynn Barber (memoir) and Nick Hornby (screenplay)
An education is learned inside and outside the classroom, but which one is more important? This film is a coming-of-age story set in the 1960′s about a teenage girl in the suburbs in London whose life is turned into a dream when a charming playboy nearly twice her age shows up and changes her life forever.
- The Characters/Era: Much in the way that Mad Men represents this era, this film captures the tension of the early 60′s. You know that things are on the brink of change and you can feel the tension. Women are about to be more than school teachers, contraception is on it’s way, and life is about to change, BUT not yet. Everyone of these characters represents a character so rich and layered that they steal your attention and never let it go.
- Carey Mulligan: Carey is amazing. I sat down thinking, “alright Carey, Miss “next big thing” let’s see it.” She showed me. With an ease and grace that reminded me of film greats gone by, she has that simple something that steals your attention and makes you pay attention to her. Her unique beauty and personality only add to her obvious charm. Although she wasn’t the only one…
- The acting: Across the board, the acting in the film is phenomenal. Nominate the whole cast! I sat down thinking, “alright Carey, Miss “next big thing” let’s see it.” She showed me. She alongside all her cast members all captivate the screen. Rosamund Pike had astonishingly good comedic timing; Sarasgaard with his two parts charming and one part edgy portrayal will have you charmed and bewildered; Cooper always had a steady stream on depth beneath his cool demeanor which had you wondering what he was going to do next; Williams was intensely heart-wrenching; and even though Thompson is only on screen for a few minutes she is (as always) stunning.
- The Script: Simple and unassuming, yet complex and thoughtful. I can’t think of a better compliment to give. The pacing, the flow, the dialogue, everything was great.
- Nothing: I’ve got nothing. The film was well acted, well written, well directed, well put together, well scored… what’s there to complain about?
I think we’ve just found that film that will be the little-indie-that-could that gets all the awards come Oscar time.
See An Education in theaters starting October 9th.