There is a sense of deja vu with this theme because just recently, in October, we had theme for period drama horrors. For that I picked three Mia Wasikowska’s movies. Now it’s period dramas again and I’m feeling like I have run out of Wasikowska movies so… you’re getting a random selection today. Well, almost random – all these period dramas are directed by women.
Just recently Margaret over at Cinematic Corner rewatched it and her review brought back bitter memories for me. Not only did I sprain my ankle pretty badly before the movie, I also suffered through the movie. And no, not just physical pain but also mental. I know I shouldn’t hate on a female director but guys, I have yet to see a Sofia Coppola movie I liked. Her’s are boring, too many shots of trees in the breeze and just… where was Colin Farrell’s butt in this!? Anyway, if you’re a Coppola fan, you might enjoy this more than I did. You can find more of my thoughts on this here.
This one surprised be… I expected not to like it as much because it has gotten mixed reviews but I thought it to be charming. Directed by Autumn de Wilde, Emma. sets to tell a funny story of a selfish woman putting her nose where it doesn’t belong. Anya Taylor-Joy is, like her name, a joy in this. She has the perfect face for period dramas. Johnny Flynn is also great to watch and that one scene in particular (where he was frustrated on the floor) stole the movie for me. I did give it only three cups (like The Beguiled) since the first half was super dull but my ratings have become more strict in recent years. Anyway, not Pride & Prejudice but still good. More of my thoughts here.
There is no surprise here that Little Women is the best of the three today. I was hesitant to watch this but I did (oh by the way, this and The Beguiled were mom-daughter cinema trips) enjoy it. Timothée Chalamet will always have a little piece of my heart and I think he is a strong actor. He and Saoirse Ronan can do no wrong in my book. But Little Women is filled with strong performances (not looking at you Emma Watson) and Greta Gerwig’s gentle touch elevates even the tiniest moments. This by the way is the only Little Women adaptation I’ve seen… Not sure I want to see the others because it would make this one feel less special.
THIS AMAZING SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES2