Bright Star: Movie Review
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Kerry Fox, Thomas
Director: Jane Campion
Jane Campion returns to the big screen with Bright Star, the story of poet
John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his love affair with Fanny Brawne (Abbie
In 1818 London, Keats is a would be poet, Brawne, his fashion obsessed next
door neighbour - initially the pair aren't attracted to each other, dismissive
of each other's chosen profession and lifestyle.
Yet, against the odds and in the face of disapproval from society, the two
are drawn together and begin a relationship.
But with Keats' health failing, it looks as if the duo's affair won't be a
Once again, Jane Campion's crafted another piece of beautiful cinema; a tale
of love, yearning and sensuality with some truly gorgeous costumes (which have
in fact been nominated for this year's Oscars).
Whishaw's very good as Keats - he conveys the despair Keats felt as an
"unsuccessful" poet during his lifetime - and Cornish is equally as good as
Fanny who is suddenly struck by the wonders of love. There's a playfulness to
their courtship to start off with - but that's swiftly replaced by the harsh
reality of English society as Fanny's mother disapproves and forbids the two of
them from being together - and from there, while you can tell what's going to
happen, it doesn't diminish any of the heart and feeling of the film. The
reality of their relationship's breathed a little fresh life into the somewhat
dusty works of Keats - and you may find yourself swept away with it all.
Bright Star looks sumptuous and may strike a chord with many romantics