So as per my way in catching movies WELL after they have been released, I finally got around to seeing An Education this weekend; not exactly Halloween viewing!
Overall I thought it was a good movie – and not quite the movie I was expected in a good way. I was anticipating a dominant theme of high drama. Instead what I experienced was a perfectly balanced film that reflects what many of us go through in our own lives much like life itself – a mixture of light and dark, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and triumph. Add to this the fact that it is a mid-20th century period piece which is also a coming-of-age story means that it could have easily fallen into the trap of melodramatic sentimentality. It does not largely due to the great screenplay by Nick Hornby and performances, lead of course by a wonderful Carey Mulligan.
Another fantastic artifact of this film going experience is that the director is Lone Scherfig, whose CV is while a bit brief, quite impressive. Her films include Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (a film recommended to me by a blog reader) and Italian for Beginners a film that constantly appears in my Netflix queue of which I have a fleeting interest to check out. So An Education has been an education for me in many respects.
Turn your dials to BBC America next Saturday (3/20) at 7:00pm. One of the best episodes of television will be repeated. I mention the episode of Doctor Who titled “Blink” on this blog because it features a fantastic performance by the then-little known Carey Mulligan. This episode also has the distinction of being one of the rare Who outings in which “The Doctor” (in this case the 10th Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant) is not prominently featured. All the emotion and drama to be experienced rests on the shoulders of Ms. Mulligan. And she proves to be more than up to the task. As a result of her performance she became one of my favorite up and coming actresses.