If I had seen this when it was frst released, and I was about 17-18, then I would have hated it. Thankfully, I saw it now, about 25 years after it was first released. Scorsese's masterful direction goes without saying, the script is a treat, and almost all of the performances (particularly from Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder, and Michelle Pfeiffer) are absolutely wonderful.
A dazzling portrait of the socialites of 19th century New York. Truly aesthetic, therefore visually pleasing. While some of the nuance in characterisation seems lost in comparison to the novel, Scorsese manages to capture the complexity of the plot in an interesting way.
Recounts the socially constrained tragedy of Archer. The manner in which high society saves him from himself only to condemn him to his slow burning tragedy is unexpectedly powerful and astutely observed with a masterfully acheived twist: subtle, restrained but deeply dramatic. Immersive filmmaking, grand, sumptuously rich and seamlessly wrought. Quiet brilliant period drama that communicates a slow emotional depth
Such a perfect portrayal of society in the 19th century- the script, sets and costumes are faultless. However does Daniel Day-Lewis manage to pull off his character's, admittedly very difficult, depiction of duty versus desire-for me apparent reserve might have strayed into a lack of depth to his character.