Bright Star

2009

Biography  Drama  Romance  

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - certified fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.9

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Ben Whishaw as John Keats
Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne
Paul Schneider as Mr. Brown
720p 1080p
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1280*694
English 2.0
PG
24 fps
1 hr 58 min
P/S 20 / 55
BluRay
1920*1040
English 5.1
PG
24 fps
1 hr 58 min
P/S 36 / 65

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Beautiful in the rarest of ways

With such high hopes for a film, a letdown is always lurking the depths of your mind, but in this case, Campion far exceeded my exceptions. Never could I have predicted the deep, meticulously crafted scenes, led so strongly by Abbie Cornish playing Fanny. The heartwrenching emotion in this movie was unlike any other; there has never been a more real portrayal of the most simplistic yet most common emotions that rule the heart. Campion went far beyond the usual "I am deeply in love; Now I am sad" and truly captured human idiosyncrasy as she delved into the illogical, irrational minds of two young and suddenly in love individuals. At times, it was almost too much to bear due to how intensely palpable the sadness was. To some, certain scenes or moments may have seemed a little longer than usual, but completely necessary is the silence, just as much as the dialogue. This film perfectly embodied how a simple, real, profound story should be told.If the above were not enough to drive this movie on, the aesthetics were nothing short of spectacular. Each stitch in Fanny's sewing was as beautiful as each scene in a field of lavender or room flooded with butterflies. The magnificent settings, costumes, and natural sunshine pouring into a perfectly decorated room felt not contrived, but simply like a very real dream. As the curtains in Fanny's room got caught in the breeze, it was as if you felt it cooling you down ever so slightly as her content emotion overtook your mind.Ben Whishaw, too, was superb: perfectly embodying the fragile, wondrous poet that was John Keats, so full of tender emotion. Fanny's younger sister was another beautiful element of this film and really stole the show in her own right with her hilarious and endearing perception of life in general. Each character and each line spoken brought something so special to the story. As much witty humor as there was aching sorrow, this movie is not one to be missed.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

I just had the pleasure of seeing Bright Star tonight. I was hoping it would be as good as the trailer, and it was. The trailer is not misleading in this sense but a pretty good representation of the movie.Most of the negative reviews I've read for this have something to do with how the film is "little" or "slow." Rarely, they comment that it's "melodramatic." Which it's NOT by any means. It is not mawkishly sentimental at all. It's not epic, it is small in a way, and there's never any seizing moment of action. That doesn't make it boring; it's engaging throughout. This is different from any period film I've ever seen, or really, imagined. It's not like typical period pieces in trying to wow you with its aesthetic recreation of the time, it's not so much about the visual splendor, though it looks very lovely and is thoroughly convincing as a representation of that period. It's visually quite different from other period pieces, it has a more realistic and kind of earthy look rather than pastel-colored and with a glow around everything. There are slums and less-than-palatial places. This isn't Pride and Prejudice. Neither does it have sort of a broad, sweeping narrative. At heart it's a deep love story about famed poet John Keats and his love and muse, Franny Brawne, whose relationship was cut short by a tragic death. It delves deeply into the small details of their courtship, and is pretty involved psychologically.These people are portrayed realistically. Even the more minor characters, they all seem to be real people, with actual personalities, rather than caricatures or types of stuffy Regency people who are preoccupied with propriety and good marriage matches. Fanny's mother is nice, the main issue with her marrying Keats is that he literally can't support her, and the people they know aren't mindlessly concerned about it. They actually have FUN and do more interesting things than stand at ballroom dances and sit at dinner. Who would have thought people in a Regency period movie could actually climb trees, walk in the mud, or do quirky, whimsical things? Their ease and naturalness and relative candor in moving around, interacting with, and talking to each other was refreshing and definitely different from the idea you generally get. And this is the first period piece I've ever, ever seen where anyone has actually picked up and held their pet cat and treated it like you would your pet. You can actually hear it purring, it's a real part of their surroundings. I liked that cat, it was cute.The dialogue was superb. It wasn't this sloppy, general, or comical/absurd stuff. It was precise, clear, charged with personality, and often beautiful. When you hear the conversations between Fanny and John, it's brilliant, real, and a pleasure. I have never seen such intelligence, subtlety, or elegance in a movie in this way. To hear Fanny respond to something John said, even just a word, as if she were actually thinking about it, as would happen in real life, as if she were an intelligent, feeling, witty person, was so nice. And so DIFFERENT. It's a little hard to explain if you haven't seen it. Suffice it to say, the dialogue is delicate and nuanced. They are articulate but not pretentious, they are sensitive, individual people - not unreal types who don't pick up on details. And it being about Keats, the characters have a lot of literary intelligence. You will enjoy the poetry in the movie.The acting was great. Keats - I would probably fall in love with him, too. He seems like such a sensitive, romantic, and intelligent guy. Ben Whishaw was perfect for him. And Abbie Cornish as Fanny is wonderful - while not extravagantly gorgeous exactly, her face has such clear features that she has an extraordinary appeal. She is a very striking character, and deeply feeling about Keats. You get a real sense of love, real responses to grief instead of just a pretty swoon. It was a real romance - their tender kiss was beautiful, the things they said to each other, and the things they felt.This movie is one of those rare films that are almost perfect to me. That doesn't make it my favorite movie, but it means I didn't find much wrong with it. The emotion isn't overwhelming, it's not exactly visceral, but it's moving and penetrating, it has its own style. It's NOT sappy or conventional. The extreme intelligence, realism, and emotional depth of this movie truly set it apart from all others. I heard a review say something like about how it's just about "old British speech and mannerisms," which couldn't be farther from the truth. It is NOT driven by quaintness or generic period speech like other period films. The dialogue is not stiff, pretentious, or artificial, though it's accurate. Sweet, moving, and intelligent, Bright Star has rare depth. It's definitely like no other movie. You should go see it if you think you'd be into it at all, by any stretch. You might not like it - it is rather "slow," but very interesting, at least for me - but it would be a thick or insensitive person indeed who couldn't appreciate it in some way. It's like how Keats described Fanny - "the brightest, most delicate thing."My favorite quotes are:"A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Its loveliness increases. It will never pass into nothingness.""I almost wish we were butterflies, and lived but three summer days. Three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." There are many others, much of Keats' letters to Fanny is so beautiful, but I can't remember them off the top of my head. These are two that appear in the trailer.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

A brighter word than Bright

I saw this film tonight, and in my eyes, it is a perfect film. Beautifully acted by all involved, (several times during the film I found myself thinking 'Abby Cornish is amazing!", despite not being a huge fan before), and stunningly shot, it contains some of the most beautifully cinematic scenes i have ever seen committed to film. Campion does a wonderful job of communicating Fanny' emotional state through the composition, particularly in one scene where the wind is blowing the curtain in her bedroom. The light and colour are fresh and gorgeous and the costumes and design add to the overall piece without being distracting, which is just what you want from a period piece.But in the end, it is above all a wonderful story, well told. A deeply romantic tale, the story of Fanny and Keats could easily have become a mawkish, overly sentimental piece. But through her wonderfully naturalistic dialogue, her use of humour and light touch, and her restrained story telling (she never lets a scene go on one line too long) Jane Campion has created a heart wrenching film which I cannot fault. The characters are real and fully rounded, you feel the joys and the pain with them, and where I think she really succeeds is by making their love affair extraordinary and yet at the same time deeply ordinary. It stirred up my own personal experiences of love and loss and you would have to have a heart of stone not to shed a tear at the end. Lovely lovely film, and what cinema should be all about.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

This film is a masterpiece.

I just had the pleasure of watching this at the Grand Lumiere in Cannes FF.I knew nothing of this film before I went in and it had no names attached which enticed me, is it only me who is sick of 'star vehicles'? It was immediately obvious this film was about John Keats the poet and I was at first a bit perturbed that it may be just another BBC backed period drama with the costume department drawing the bulk of the production budget. However once we had got passed the Victorian family portrait vignetted scenes, the film took on a more deep and involved tone, one that focused on the blossoming of the romance between fanny Brawne and Keats.Keats friend in prose, Charles Brown came over as an abrasive Scot, keen to ensure that the young girl didn't take Keats eye off of his work. His accent will no doubt prove a problem for some audiences.The core of this film though must be the performance of Fanny played admirably by Abbie Cornish. The depth and emotion of her portrayal were nothing short of brilliant. She carried herself well but her despair at Keats various departures and her reactions to the low ebbs of his illness were totally believable and added the desired weight to what would have otherwise been another frock show.Ben Whishaw was brilliant as the frail, emaciated Keats, racked with the tuberculosis that killed his brother and would soon take his own life. One thing I did think whilst watching and that was that we never really saw Keats working away, burning the midnight oil, scratching out his poems, of which he wrote many in a short space of time during the latter part of his short life. We did however see much of his inspiration for his work and of course the title of the film is a poem said to be about the relationship of the night sky to his beloved Fanny.The photography was brilliant, much use of natural light and we follow the love story from it's awkward start to it's passionate, bitter and sad end. We see Keats friends rallying after the onset of his illness and they decide to send him off to Italy where it is hoped the air might prolong his frail life. Fanny has to endure much of this in silence since she is not properly engaged to Keats and has no real say in his ultimate departure to Italy and is unable to support herself or accompany him.The relationship is played out very authentically with none of your Mills and Boon clinches or bed scenes. The most we see is a genuine cuddle in front of the fire or the odd tentative kiss. This makes the pairing seem all the more deep and inferred. The climax must be when Fanny finds out the news from Brown that Keats has died in Italy. The take is unusually long but really hits home and even I found myself wiping away the odd tear as Fanny struggled for breath on the stairs.A beautiful film documenting a little know relationship. We also see how Keats died almost a pauper and yet went on to become probably the best loved and celebrated of English Poets, up there with Byron and Wordsworth. Yes the costumes were faultless but this film belongs to the talents of Cornish and Whishaw as well as the masterful direction of Jane Campion.KSE.

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