3.5* "Don't you see? I can't love you, unless I give you up." ; "He could feeI her dropping back to inexpressive girlishness. Her conscience had been eased of its burden. It was wonderfuI, he thought, how such depths of feeling could coexist with such an absence of imagination."
This film takes a deep look at the expectations set by high society and the sacrifice it takes to conform to these expectations, sometimes at the expense of happiness, or rather sacrificing one happiness for another. Everything about this film is lavish, dresses, parties, buildings. It is wonderfully entertaining and yet in a way that leaves food for thought. Absolutely worth a watch.
Scorsese's The Age of Innocent is a stately, visually stunning and ultimately moving picture, boasting strong performances from Day-Lewis, Pfeiffer and Ryder. What the film lacks in energy and pacing is made up for in the fluid camerawork and painterly composition, reminiscent at times of Seurat. Sumptuous, if a little sedate at times.
A soporifically slow and murky tale of intrigue unfolds only to lead to confusion as one has to continually ask oneself what on earth just happened. This is a costume drama that feels like a particularly terrible whodunnit where you haven't even been told a murder took place. However, in the meantime it's very pleasing to the eye.