Monday, September 7, 2009

Period Drama Challenge: The Duchess

I signed up for Period Drama Challenge. To check out the challenge please visit Lights, Camera...History! You commit to certain amount of movies within certain catagories. I choice to watch 6 movies before 1/7/10. The catagories I picked:
  • Through the Centuries ( 1 movie per century)
  • War & Revolutions
  • All Over The World (1 movie per country)1
  • Kings & Queens (central polt around royalty) 1

Though I wished I could change War & Revolutions to the Bonnets catagory. Oh Well.


First I want to say I am not a very good reviewer. I never excelled in writing. I never really liked writing papers. So forgive me if my post seems high schoolish. So my first pick was "The Duchess" for the Kings and Queens catagory. It was based on the book by Amanda Forman, "Georgianna, The Duchess of Devonshire". I enjoyed the book. It was about Georgianna Spencer Cavendish who was a great great great aunt of Lady Diana Spencer, the Pincess of Wales.

Well, I was a little disappointed in the movie. The timing of factual things were way off. The movie showed a rape scene and the book mentioned nothing like that happening. Which I was not happy to see. While the book showed that Georgianna was caring and sympathetic, I never felt that from the movie. It felt superficial to me.

Alot of critics gave it three stars. I only would give it two stars.



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12 comments:

blueviolet said...

I appreciate knowing that! Hollywood takes a lot of liberties with books, don't they?

Queenie Jeannie said...

Hollywood rarely gets it right!

Yaya said...

Oh dear, I would not like this movie.

Michaela said...

There have been a few books that I've loved, but hated as the movie version... I always feel like yelling out "stick to the book!!" Thanks for warning me about this one!

EmmaP said...

i love to write, but for some reason, i dont really like reviews... feels like a book report.

Tracy said...

Thanks for the review; this is the type of movie I enjoy and I really like that actress. But I don't enjoy rape scenes (way too upsetting; plus this sounds rather gratuitous).

septembermom said...

I don't think I would like this one either. It's a shame because it's a great topic for a movie. Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

Grissell said...

They always get it wrong. It is such a shame sometimes. I had not read the book but seen the movie. I probably would have a different view had I read it before. Well it is good to know that she was caring. They made her seem so blah.

LOL I am totally laughing at myself when I said did you change your blog LOL I was on my wide computer and I can't see the other color that fills the space. LOL>

Just ignore me ROFL I having a bad week LOLOLOL

Alice Audrey said...

Of all the things to add to the movie, a rape scene? I wouldn't give it more than two stars either.

I am Harriet said...

Sounds cool!

I'm stopping by to thank you for signing up for the September Comment Challenge.
Happy Commenting!

I am Harriet said...

Oh...and thanks for posting the blog hop on your sidebar :)

MARIA GRAZIA said...

I just agree with you as for the mood this movie provoked in me! Welcome aboard! I'm in the challenge, too.

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