Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who is Carey Mulligan?

Vanity Fair calls her one of the new generation of talented actors. She'd be easy to miss, though: her face is forgettable, her haircut is nondescript. But she puts on a heck of a performance in An Education.

This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time, set in the moment just before England started to swing, just before the Beatles arrived. It's a coming-of-age story of a young woman in the 1960s in England. Among them is Jenny Miller, a 16-year-old girl of talent, intelligence, passion, and ambition who harbors dreams of college and travel and men and mirth and music. One afternoon, she and her cello are caught in a downpour and accept a ride home from David, an older man of taste, means, and, though Jenny doesn’t quite allow herself to notice, secrets and cunning.

That short car trip is the first leg of a journey into the future, a dazzling horizon of concerts and suppers and night clubs and champagne and cigarettes and sex and more than a few lies. This new life entices her, in no small part because of its contrast to her dully proper suburban home. For all her uncommon assets, remember, she is still only a schoolgirl, and the conflict between the dictates of her parents and teachers and her own strong-willed impulse toward personal freedom is a matter of real struggle and drama.

It's rated PG-13 and I think I will let Eldest Daughter watch it. The lesson is that good.

Watch it. Soon.


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Polka Dot Moon said...

I've been wanting to see this. Now even more - you could write movie reviews!