Movie Review: The Age of Innocence (1993)

I thought that I would finish the discussion of Age of Innocence by talking about the film adaptation of the novel. The film adaptation I found to be enjoyable and an enchanting take on the book. Granted nowadays when we talk about film adaptations, they do not normally follow the book or there are things either added to the film or things that were in the book that were not shown the film. However, with this adaptation, I found that it is a direct and true version to the book.

The casting of the film is about as perfect as it is going to get to the book; however, I feel that the character of Granny could have been played by Diana Rigg (Lady Olena, Game of Thrones) instead of the casted actress of Miriam Margolyes. The reason why I am calling this casting call out is that when you read the novel, the tempo of Granny’s voice sounds like the same deliverance as Diana Rigg when she played Lady Olena. As for the rest of the cast, I take no issue with for Winona Ryder has a tendency to either play really plain characters like May, or to play really strong characters like Jo March in Little Women, and therefore, I feel that she is the only one that could have given May the justice that she deserves.

The other lovely part of this film adaptation is the soundtrack, for it gave a strong representation of the times and showing the true feelings that Archer was going through. and that truly played out when Archer and the Countess were together.

I would recommend this film to anyone that enjoyed the novel or to anyone that would like a true adaptation of a book going to film.

 

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