Not having read the book it's hard to say whether the movie is a faithful adaptation, but I went in expecting a self-important Edwardian drama and ended up getting an absurdist Edwardian romcom populated with ridiculous stock characters. Even the intertitles were hilarious. Fan's of Wes Anderson should definitely take the time to watch, you can see influences abounding.
Ivory's film is one of the rare examples for literary adaptions where every detail - cinematography, music, dialogues, actors, colors, a subtle irony and more - fit together perfectly. Besides, Judy Dench as the smart-alec English writer and Maggie Smith as her correct counterpart are a marvellous choice.
One of the finer Merchant Ivory films, containing some utterly delightful scenes - most of them include George, though the perfomance is a bit of a disappointment, all those emotional torrents must have simply clogged up somewhere along the way to their mimical expression. The bookish Cecil, on the other hand, is a joy to observe. So are Mr. Emerson and the charming Alans. Sadly, Lucy appears rather bland.
'A Room With A View' is an atmospheric romance centered around a young girl, Lucy, portrayed by a fresh faced Helena Bonham-Carter, who is floating about in a world that is not quite her own, where she is not free to possess her own qualities, her own thoughts and beliefs and desires. She lives with rigorous behavioral restrictions and is thus extremely confused as to whom she wants to be and how she wants to live..↓
Merchant/Ivory's fine adaptation of the Forster novel is a clever study of social decorum versus the emergence of passion that struck a strong note with audiences on release in '85. A major launching ground for performers namely Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Day Lewis and Julian Sands; but also strong turns by veterans Smith, Elliot and Dench as well. Exceptionally crafted, acted and written picture.
Common tale of girl who desires more from a relationship than a boring, pretentious snob. A tryst in Italy. Meets a man with some passion. Difficulties ensue. Don't know if the male lead, who plays the role of Mr. Emerson really fits the bill. He mumbles his lines. Not the archetypal charming character. The soundtrack is particularly well done. 'You want a bathe?'
Here's another film about a woman with a special relationship to her piano.Wonderful use of music and pictures, a splendid cast - "A room with a view" is the perfect adaptation of E. M. Foster's novel; light-hearted, romantic and more than just a bit comical. A quintessential summer film.
In what is probably the best Merchant Ivory I've seen to date, the film captures both the oppression/repression of society & the absolute freedom of the natural world. While it moves at it's own beautiful pace & there's plenty of great performances, special considerations should go to DDL (born to play Cecil) & Sands (who doesn't do much but sells it) as the leading men. Who knew this would be so sappy and hilarious?