Vanity Fair
First screened in September 2004
Director: Mira Nair. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Romola Garai, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Rhys Ifans, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Douglas Hodge, Natasha Little, Geraldine McEwan, Tony Maudsley, Deborah Findlay, Kelly Hunter, William Melling, Tom Sturridge, Sophie Tucker, Kathryn Drysdale, Helen Coker. Screenplay: Julian Fellowes, and really, that's all (based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray).

Twitter Capsule: Has its moments, but half-assed revisionism makes Becky benignly plucky. Indian overlays could go further. Vague POV.

VOR:   The riskiest passages feel compartmentalized and too brief. Longer passages largely conform to costume-drama boilerplate.

Photo © 2004 Focus Features/Tempesta Films/
Granada Film Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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