Bright StarA thing of beauty is a joy forever...
Keats' most famous line, from his Edymion
, perfectly sums up this joyous film. I must confess that I have been a Keats fan since I was a teenager, so this film would have to be really awful for me not to love it. Warnings aside, I did in fact love it.The great beauty of Poetry is, that it makes every thing every place interesting.
-John Keats to his brother George
This is not a traditional biopic, focusing more on Keats and Brawne than on Keats' life as a whole. The leads, Ben Wishaw and Abbie Cornish are delightful and Campion has created a story with all the wit and playfulness of a Jane Austen novel.
We fall in love with Keats and Brawne as they fall in love with each other.Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Campion and Greig Fraiser create a 19th century England very much like Keats poems. Beautiful, romantic, and impressionistic. She uses out-of-focus shots in several scenes to paint a picture of the English countryside that Monet and Renoir would surely appreciate. The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore.
Keats says this to Fanny Brawne when she is hopelessly trying to find the "point" of a poem. This fruitless search for the meaning of everything in literature is what eventually turned me off English as an academic career choice in university. It is also the thing that drives me to love obtuse poets like Leonard Cohen. I have always loved poetry, not for it's "meaning" but for it's experience. Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
-written by Keats to be placed on his tombstone
The sadness of his life is he thought he was a failure and would soon be forgotten.