Vanity Fair Movie Review 2004

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In William Makepeace Thackeray's novel "Vanity Fair," Becky Sharp is an unrepentant social climber. But with Witherspoon tackling Becky in director Nair's version, such calculation just wouldn't do. Becky still aspires to climb the slippery social ladder in early 19th century Britain, but here she has a heart. Becky first flirts with the wealthy, foppish brother (Maudsley) of her sweet-but-dim friend Amelia (Garai) but cannot bring him to marriage. She then rolls the dice with dashing gambler/soldier Rawdon Crawley (Purefoy). However, things never quite turn out for greedy Becky. Nair's hard-pressed to cover the novel's 30 years and multiple subplots so the film has a rushed feeling. Witherspoon is plucky but the supporting cast of British stalwarts (Hoskins, Atkins, Broadbent, etc.) gives the endeavor its panache.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 137 minutes.
Originally from United States, British.

Cast and Crew

Period Piece: 19th Century, Romantic Drama, Rags to Riches, Great Britain, Adoption & Orphans, Books to Film: William Makepeace Thackeray
Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet, Julian Fellowes
Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine McEwan, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Douglas Hodge, Natasha Little, Tony Maudsley
Declan Quinn
Mira Nair
Mychael Danna
Drew Kunin, Allyson C. Johnson, Lucinda Thomson, Sam Stokes, Maria Djurkovic
Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Granada Film Productions, Tempesta Films, Inside Track Films 2 LLP, Focus Features

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