Bright Star (2009)

Bright Star is the newest movie by Jane Campion, starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider and Thomas Sangster.

Plot:
Bright Star tells the love of John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). [Did you know that a wikipedia search for Fanny Brawne redirects you to John Keats’ page? WTF?]
Fanny is a talented seamstress and a woman with her own head and opinions. One day, she meets the young poet John Keats at her neighbour Charles Brown’s (Paul Schneider) house. Slowly, John and Fanny fall in love. Unfortunately, reality looks pretty bad for them.

Bright Star is a wonderful looking movie with very good performances. The writing is pitch-perfect. Their story itself is very tragic, very adolescent and totally sweet.

I guess my regular readers know that I’m a sobfest when it comes to movies. But I think that Bright Star pushes everyone’s buttons in that direction. This movie has it all: young desperate love, opposition, break-ups, romance, death and a hundred million elephants!

As I mentioned before, this is not an adult love story – Fanny and John are both very young and so is their relationship: Break-ups are near-death experiences, their love is the only important thing in the world, ever etc. But if that movie doesn’t make you nostalgic for this kind of love, you must never have experienced it.

The cast was wonderful, especially Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw, but also Paul Schneider. Only Thomas Sangster was tragically underused. He only got to stand around and to run after Abbie Cornish.

The movie looks wonderful, too. The sets, the costumes, the cinematography: It’s a feast. And rounding the whole thing off is Keats’ poetry, nicely sprinkled on top.

Summarising: a movie you should definitely see. Just bring some tissues.

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