Brideshead Revisited (2008)
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as Charles Ryder
as Sebastian Flyte
as Lady Marchmain
as Julia Flyte
as Lord Marchmain
as Bridey Flyte
as Cordelia Flyte
as Mr. Edward Ryder
as Rex Mottram
as ship's barber
as Anthony Blanche
as Cousin Jasper
as Lady guest
as Celia Ryder
as English lord
as American professor
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Critic Reviews for Brideshead Revisited
Those with warm memories of the BBC television serial in the 1980s will find much in this Brideshead to enjoy.
Even if the material is familiar, even if it has been done well before, there is room in a great book for a new interpretation.
It's as if Waugh's story has been filtered through the spiritual blindness of young Charles. The movie sees, but it doesn't understand.
Directed by Julian Jarrold from a script by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, this new adaptation adroitly condenses Waugh's plot while eliminating or reversing most of his intended meanings.
At just over two hours, the film naturally feels a bit cramped and the most interesting elements are given fairly short shrift.
In the end, however, this is a film which though less ambitious than Atonement is very much the equal of The Duchess. Its weakness is the same as that of the latter: it has no guiding hand prepared to take risks and make it distinctive.
Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited
This is an interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the decadence of British aristocracy prior to WWII, and it may leave you thinking about it long after the film is over.
Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly different character than usual and as always doing it masterfully. Once she's gone from the scene its just pretty pictures with people you neither really like or care about.
Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".