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Old 09-04-04, 01:10 PM
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Vanity Fair (almost no buzz)

Wow, Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon has been out for a few days and there is not one thread on it.

It looks insanely boring, but it can't possibly be worse than
Legally Blonde 2.

Mira Nair is directing an nice English ensemble.

Has anybody actually seen this thing?
Old 09-04-04, 02:16 PM
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My thoughts having not seen the movie.

It looks like its trying too hard to be a big spectacle, (think De-lovely) and yet fails because there's no content. That and Reese Witherspoon? Reese Witherspoon has about as much sex appeal as Julia Roberts. (That means none.)

Those are my reasons for not seeing this one.
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It's getting almost no buzz simply because it's out on limited release and is a period piece.

She was on one of the late night shows this week I recall plugging it. So it's gotten a little word around but this isn't the type of film that will create a lot of buzz.
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It's getting almost no buzz simply because it's out on limited release and is a period piece.
Well, 1,000 screens for a costume drama is amazing, far from limited. And the film has buzz in literary circles, which is the exact opposite of DVDTalk's message boards.

VANITY FAIR isn't a very good film, let's face it. Mira Nair has talent to burn, but the size of the source material is too big for a 140 minute movie. It simply fails as an adaptation. Witherspoon is miscast as well...

Ebert was orgasmic about it, but I think his review was based on love for Nair's previous work.

The suburban moms will like it.
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And the film has buzz in literary circles, which is the exact opposite of DVDTalk's message boards.
Oh yeah, I forgot we couldn't read.
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It seems like a movie that should be on PBS instead of in the multiplexes.
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I heard that it's really toned down compared to book. The lead Becky Sharp character is supposed to be a devious schemer and using her body a lot to get what she wants.

Apparently, Mira Nair decided to go another route.
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The old ladies love it...
Old 09-04-04, 11:16 PM
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Yeah, this just ain't the type of movie to get massive buzz. A female lead in a period drama. The market for that is limited. The only reason it's getting as much notice as it is is due to Reese, who is a big star whether we want her to be or not.
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Kind of reminds me when she did The Importance of Being Earnest. Another period piece with mostly English actors that largely got buried when it came out
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I saw this today and thought it was quite good. The audience was 90% female, for what it's worth.

(The main reason I went to see it is to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers. )

(On a side note, this film is a masterpiece compared to "Purple Butterfly" starring Zhang Ziyi and Nakamura Toru which I saw immediately afterward. That was amongst the most horrid films I've seen in the past 5 years. Just had to vent.)

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I was thinking of checking this out. It did fairly decent at the box office this past weekend for only being on 1000 screens, but I will probably wait for DVD to check it out. It has a 50% on the tomatometer, with half thinking it was great and the rest thinking it was slow/mediocre.
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Originally posted by rkndkn
(The main reason I went to see it is to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers. )
Is it worth watching just for him?
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I was thinking of seeing this because of Rhys Meyers too since I thought he was great in Titus, Velvet Goldmine and Gormenghast. Since nothing else out appeals to me, I'll prolly go in a week or two.

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How is the pacing?
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Originally posted by g347g73vv3w
Is it worth watching just for him?
Yes. His role isn't that big, but I'll take what I can get.

As for the pacing, Frank, I didn't think it ever bogged down despite the running time. The dance sequence seemed thrown in there mainly as a nod to Mira Nair's roots, though. While I'm not familiar with the novel, it felt like they had to really condense certain incidents -- the fate of a certain character is done away with in one spoken sentence.

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