Manuel Betancourt

The Duchess, or How Keira’s pretty dresses couldn’t get me interested

October 26, 2008 · in Uncategorized

The Duchess
Dir. Saul Dibb
Writing Jeffrey Hatcher & Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell.

I really wanted to like this film: I’ve grown to like Keira post-Pirates, I love me some Dominic and the costumes were so pretty. But ultimately, the film meanders too much in trying to concentrate on the petty gossip-like bedroom drama staged around said ‘Duchess’ while leaving behind the politics and the intricacies of concrete character development which could have really boosted this faux-bedroom drama. I was so bored by the whole thing I fell asleep (in the theater!) and I’m bored already writing this up. C-