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21 November 2009 @ 06:51 pm
An Education  
Things I should possibly stop doing:

1. Watching movies that make me all misty-eyed about school and education and teaching and whatnot.

2. Watching things that make me want to run away to Oxford.

Which is to say that I finally got around to seeing An Education this afternoon. I really liked it, and Carey Mulligan was rather lovely: she manages to play Jenny as young without making her naive, and as clever and clear-headed without being overly sophisticated or too worldly-wise to believe that she'd be swept off her feet. And there's always much more going on in her face than one would expect, which is one of the reasons I like her so much, and have done since Ada Clare. Also, Olivia Williams rocks, and so does Emma Thompson, even if their parts are sadly brief. Rosamund Pike is quite good, playing the ditzy girlfriend without stumbling into caricature, and I liked Dominic Cooper. (I don't usually, though this has to do far more with the parts he's played--I never go for the "bad boy" type--than with anything about him. He's still sort of playing a bad boy here, and I can't say that I liked the character, but I liked how he played him. If that makes sense). As a demonstration of the sort of guy I do go for, I thought the hapless boy who had a crush on Jenny was adorable. I go for dorks, what can I say?

Also, now I kind of want to see Me and Orson Welles from the trailer, even if it does have Zac Efron in it. (Which is unfair. He could be a decent actor, for all I know. I just hope it's not stunt casting.) Oh! And I saw the trailer for Young Victoria! I hope it's as good as it looks from the trailer, because it is pretty clear that I will wind up seeing it. I wonder if it'll be playing when I'm home...

Doctor Who alums: 1, Carey Mulligan, obviously. History Boys: 1, Dominic Cooper, also obviously.
Danielle_P: lizzie letterdeleilan on November 22nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
*sigh* Yet another movie I'll have to wait until the DVD release to see...
tempestsarekind: elizabethtempestsarekind on November 22nd, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Normally that's what happens to me as well: I've been pretty lucky this movie season!
Constant Reader: Twilight - Susanskirmish_of_wit on November 22nd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
You went to see An Education; I went to see New Moon (I KNOW but I thought it might be lolarious like the first! instead it was like the book in that I wanted to punch Bella for being so obnoxious) -- but my point is that they showed the preview for Me and Orson Welles and from the first 15 seconds I was like "I MUST SEE THIS." I didn't even recognize Zac Efron until they put his name on the screen!

ETA: but I kept hoping they were doing a production of 1 Henry IV instead of Julius Caesar. :)

Edited at 2009-11-22 04:48 am (UTC)
litlover12: M1litlover12 on November 22nd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
tempestsarekind: danielle laugh [ever after]tempestsarekind on November 23rd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hee! It's funny, the process by which trailers get attached to movies. Probably Me and Orson Welles was attached to An Education because of the vaguely artsy period-piece vibe; with New Moon, it was probably all about Zac Efron.

I had more or less the same reaction--though I did recognize him before they put his name up; it took a few seconds of "...?" but I got there eventually. It was just "ooh shiny must see!"