A game, if pointless, attempt to reheat something that was perfectly captured 25 years previously in the Granada TV version. Everyone tries hard but it lacks the languorous and melancholic air of its predecessor and resolutely remains dwarfed in its shadow.
Despite Ben Whishaw, the amazing clothes and photography, I could barely bear to watch the rest of the film after Sebastian disappeared. The books wins, for sure, in portraying Charles' guilt and how everything fell apart after Sebastian. The film deserved more depth.
Ben Whishaw's character, Lord Sebastian Flyte, (in the film) is the one whom I could most relate to! I absolutely adore the fashions of the film, the style of the era, the actors within the film, and the beauty of the sceneries + story. It's an overall favorite film of mine... I have yet to read the book.
Ben Whishaw outshines even the Brideshead estate, let alone his poor co-stars. Recontexualising the relationship between Julia and Charles is this adaptation's worst decision and beginning of its decline, but with 90% of the budget having gone to lighting Matthew Goode immaculately in every scene, can I really complain? (Yes.)