Directed by Lone Scherfig
Oh Carey Mulligan… Carey, Carey Mulligan. Since I first stumbled upon you in that interview with Craig Ferguson those few months back, whenever I see your face I can’t help but smile. Poetry could, should, (and most likely has been) written about you. All that remains to be said is… I could do better, I promise! (What rhymes with eyes? Shit, what rhymes with eyes? FUCK!!! I’ll get back to you.) But regardless of my strong feelings towards you, that doesn’t mean I’m gonna just give your movie a glowing review simply because you are in it. I don’t even do that for Natalie Portman… it just so happens that “Where The Heart Is” and “Anywhere But Here” are awesome, awesome movies… really…
And as for “An Education”? Okay, well it is pretty awesome.
But really, with the guy who wrote “High Fidelity” behind the pen of this film, can you expect much less? As of me writing this, The Academy Awards have just finished and while they were decent enough this year, they as always, got a few things wrong. “An Education” didn’t deserve to win best film. Hell, Carey Mulligan might not even have deserved to win best actress (but you were my pick, I swear!) but Nick Hornby probably deserved best adapted screenplay. Save for a misguided use of Voice Over that closes the film off, (and reeks of Advanced Screening Advice, if you ask me… some idiots not understanding how this movie could possibly end the way it does screaming, “But why is she riding a bike?!?! Did she end up GOING to school?!” Here’s a hint people, look at where she is… and my rant is ending now) no word is wasted.
There’s also something about Peter Sarsgard that I have always found likeable. It’s like he could be best your best friend in the world, but turn on you with more spite and venom then you can ever imagine when you least expect it. And low and behold, that’s exactly the role he plays in this movie. And Mulligan exemplifies the role as it’s written and could not be expected to be any better then she is. Plus her face. I mean, come on.
Another thing that intrigued me about this film, as anyone who has ever read another one of my posts can no doubt guess, is the New Wave type setting of the film. The movie takes place in Europe during the 1960’s and, to me, that was the last artistically creative decade in the history of the world. After that, technology ran rough shot over art and while great things are still being created all over the place, everything has a level of artificiality to it. The 1960’s were the last decade where art really breathed and this film does an amazing job of capturing that last dying gasp and how it effected those individuals who could see it happening. As great as love and art still are, they are but shadows of what they once were. Long story short, I often find myself wishing I had grown up in Europe during the 1960’s.
Overall, a beautiful movie with an enchanting leading lady.