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||Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes,
Paramount Home Video
unless you want them to be a designer of old, English
||You better be
watching this with a girl around.
||There is some.
||Sadly there is a
bad sex scene.
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got some
language subtitles and stuff.
|Buy a New TV!
necessary but it looks better on the widescreen.
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||This movie won't
be the one to make you upgrade your stereo.
||If you buy/rent
this, watch the special features, especially the "Making
of..." and "In Her Own Words" ones, before watching the
movie. It will help your enjoyment of the movie
Okay, Iíll admit, Iím not the target audience for a movie
like "The Duchess," but I always try to watch a movie I may
not be the target audience for and try to relate it to those
who might be. The problem I had with watching the movie,
though, is that I donít know if I can even do that. I
suppose Iíll start with the storyÖ
A Movie/DVD Review
"The Duchess" tells the tale of Georgiana Spencer (Keira
Knightley) who became the Duchess of Devonshire when she
married William Cavendish (Ralph Fiennes), who was, well,
the Duke of Devonshire. In the movie we follow the Duchessí
life from her mother setting her up to get married so that
the Duke could have a son, all the way through to the
results of her affair with Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper),
ending finally with a quick little aside of how things went
when she died. Through it all we learn how the Duchess
developed a lust for life, and in a world when women were
mostly taking back seats to the men, she loved to put
herself in the spotlight. We find that with her public life
she became a bastion of fashion, was able to influence
politics, and loved to gamble, which seems like just a life
of fun. Sadly her life wasnít all that, as the movie also
portrays the sadness and crappiness her marriage to the Duke
had been, even being betrayed by her best friend, Lady
Elizabeth (Hayley Atwell).
So we have the story of a famed Duchess, a life that has
all of the feistiness and drama to make an interesting
movie, but for me, and even for my BFF who watched it with
me, the movie ended up not that interesting, and I think the
reason for that is that the movie folks tried to cram nearly
too much of the Duchessí life into an hour and fifty minutes
instead of maybe just concentrating on one aspect of it,
because, quite honestly, none of the excitement and trials
of her life came to light until I watched the extras on the
DVD, that related her life to things I could then
understand, like even back then there was a version of the
paparazzi she had to deal with. Watching the movie I just
didnít get it.
The thing that also bums me out about the movie is that
Keira Knightley was great in her performance, and I donít
know if the Duke was a quiet dope in his real life, but the
only time Ralph Fiennes seemed to bring life to the
performance was in a scene confronting both Georgiana and
Lady Elizabeth, and that seemed like a total waste.
I suppose if you are interested in British history and
want to see a nice portrayal of a fabled duchess, or if you
just like seeing women in fancy gowns, you will probably
love "The Duchess," but Iím not, and I donít care, and I
didnít like "The Duchess" until I watched the extras on the
DVD and then I went "Oh, now I get it." With that Iím going
to give "The Duchess" 2 stars out of 5 as a stand-alone
movie, but if you watch the "Making ĎThe Duchessí" and
"Georgiana In Her Own Words" before you actually watch the
movie, you might like it a little more.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!