Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bright Star

Yet another film set in the early victorian age...

This film is a portrayal of the end life and love of one of the most influential second generation romantic english poets. He is lumped in with Lord Byron and played a significant influential role in the poetry of Lord Tennison.

John Keats died at the age of 25 from tuberculosis, then termed the consumption, after a brief period of engagement to Fanny Brawne, the heroine of this movie.

The tombstone of his grave, at his request, reads "This Grave contains all that was mortal,
of a young English poet,
on his Death Bed,
in the Bitterness of his heart,
at the Malicious Power of his Enemies,
Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone
'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water'".

This epitomizes the view he held at death of the impermanncy of both life and fame.

This movie did a wonderful job of portaying the first years of Keats as a man and the last years of his life. The idea that a man, by the age of 25, was able to be such an influence on english literature that human begins are still reading his words and being impacted by them, humbles me. To think that my own goals and ambitions in life are so insignificant to the greater development of humanity, casts a somber light on my view of life.

I gave this movie a 4/5 rating, and feel its rather self explanatory. There were some unsatisfying lack of plot elements in the film which would have blasted this to a 5/5, but as is a 4 is pretty darn good.


  1. hm. I had no urge to see this movie as I don't understand poetry and therefore have no interest in it. But, based on your review, I will give it a try.

    I think I'll spend the whole movie going: "Wait, I know he's speaking english but what did he just say?"

  2. oh you are silly no no! they do recite some of his peotry in the movie, but mostly its just about them both falling in love... i am not sure it is your cup of tea though hehe unless you love the whole pride and prejudice thing. which basically epitomizes all that i love in romance lol. its def not jane austen fo sho but it is that era, so dont rent it by itself! get a back up! hehe.

  3. lol good advice. I like the Pride and Prejudice six hour mini series (mr. darcy....*drool*) I just didn't like it when it was forced upon me. ;)

    I will get a backup. Maybe the Hangover lol. I am a big fan of love stories. Atonement! *sob*

    hehe FOUR DAYS!!!!