A Room with a View

I think one of the laziest critiques of a movie is to say that “nothing happens in the movie”.   In general that phrase is meant to say that nothing obvious happens.  I’ve loved a ton of movies where “nothing happens”, because what really happened wasn’t meant to be something consumed near the surface.  There is a thought or a theme that the movie is trying to get across and it asks the viewer to work a little bit to get the reward.  In this movie not only does nothing happen, I can also say that nothing interesting happens.  There is an effort to discuss class but this seems kind of secondary to seeing the characters shuffle through one scene after another.   Maybe I just wasn’t meant to watch period pieces – I thought the same thing of Barry Lyndon (although that movie was worlds better than this one).  The only reason my rating wasn’t worse is because of the fantastic acting that was done with this lousy script.  I can’t believe that this is considered to be an all-time great movie.

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Movie title: A Room with a View

Movie description: When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

Date published: 2022-06-25

Director(s): James Ivory

Actor(s): Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Day-Lewis, Simon Callow, Rosemary Leach, Rupert Graves, Patrick Godfrey, Judi Dench, Fabia Drake, Joan Henley, Amanda Walker, Maria Britneva, Mia Fothergill, Peter Cellier, Matyelok Gibbs, Kitty Aldridge, Patricia Lawrence, Freddy Korner, Elizabeth Marangoni, Mirio Guidelli, Lucca Rossi, Isabella Celani, Luigi Di Fiore, Brigid Erin Bates, Peter Munt, Luca Rossi, Stefano Serboli, Phillada Sewell, Margaret Ward, James Wilby

Genre: Drama, Romance

My Review

I think one of the laziest critiques of a movie is to say that “nothing happens in the movie”.   In general that phrase is meant to say that nothing obvious happens.  I’ve loved a ton of movies where “nothing happens”, because what really happened wasn’t meant to be something consumed near the surface.  There is a thought or a theme that the movie is trying to get across and it asks the viewer to work a little bit to get the reward.  In this movie not only does nothing happen, I can also say that nothing interesting happens.  There is an effort to discuss class but this seems kind of secondary to seeing the characters shuffle through one scene after another.   Maybe I just wasn’t meant to watch period pieces – I thought the same thing of Barry Lyndon (although that movie was worlds better than this one).  The only reason my rating wasn’t worse is because of the fantastic acting that was done with this lousy script.  I can’t believe that this is considered to be an all-time great movie.

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