My Rating: 6/10
Synopsis: The love story between the 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne blossomed but with obstacles that made it a harrowing affair that eventually lead to a saddening end.
Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think what the film wants to get across the screen is a love tragedy although I would be straightforward in saying that “love”, as we have multiple interpretations of it, did not manifest effectively between the two. The consummation (not pertaining to the act but other expressions of it) of their “love” had been always swift and bleak and uninteresting. It is known that the times in 1818 are of a highly conservative nature but still the atmosphere is a little cold for me to call it near love.
We’re so used to intense expression of love that anything less would merit not passionate enough or not true enough. Restraint almost always leads to intensification of one’s feelings. In here, where there is sufficient restraint between the love affair, the excitement is lacking. Fanny is impossibly in love with John but one can’t tell really why. Moments are lacking. The episodes where they see each other were dull. It’s like she only has a fixation for John, ‘the first love fixation’, as I would like to call it, and it’s like that is all there is to it. John reciprocated but without any passion either.
Cornish and Whishaw are both great on their own, but they just don’t make a good couple. The narrative was well written, direction was stiff but allows room for the characters to do their own craft around it. it’s just that, as cliche as it sounds, there’s no chemistry.
Poetry can move people in certain ways that other forms of narrative cannot. In the positive side, poetry is used well in here, I especially liked how the end credits spooled out. And I liked the poem about the lake too. Musical score was excellent also and acting was not bad either.
Runtime: 1hr 59min (Box Office Mojo)
Production Budget: $8.5 million (Box Office Mojo)
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