I have seen only two Merchant-Ivory films, but both are among the finest of the entire 1990s. This is a gorgeous, lyrical film, and while I might slightly prefer The Remains of the Day, this is itself a truly great movie.
The Merchant Ivory dressing-up box at its most lushly lyrical, which wields Forster’s social scalpel with deft, if obvious, charm. For a change, less occupied with the mantel piece than with the drama in front of it, this is a straight-forwardly honest adaptation with adamant performances which provides a welcome forward trajectory to MI’s often pedestrian dawdle.
A lush and rousing film, but so poorly edited! Scenes end in the middle of important dialogue, entire days, weeks, months are skirted over, leaving the viewer to trust in the development of characters and relaitonships in the interim. The film feels rushed in a way Room with a View does not....but that film does not have the divine performance from goddess Emma
an engrossing, decadent feast for the eyes. this was a four-star movie for me until about an hour into the film when the marriage and love-triangle stuff convoluted the likeability and humor that'd built up to that point. (i understand that this is an adaptation though so there's no way to avoid the plot shift). overall, very rewatchable. everyone likes a peek into the social nonsense of wealthy white people.