Quick movie mention: The Duchess

October 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm (Movies & TV)

Took another day off with LabGirl today, and among other things we went to see one of those “limited release” films that never seem to make it to the huge chain theaters – we went to see The Duchess.

It’s a story that takes place in the late 1700’s (beginning in 1774, if I recall the text flashed on the screen correctly), about a woman who marries into power to the Duke of Devonshire in England, only to soon discover that he’s an adulterous asshole who has no interest in her other than his hopes that she will be a baby-boy making machine while at the same time she’s conflicted about not choosing the guy who actually cares for her.

It’s a beautifully done film with some amazing costuming and set work, and I felt it did a pretty good job of immersing us into the time period. And although there’s no real “action” in the film to speak of, the story was pretty intriguing – LabGirl liked the movie quite a bit, and I thought it was pretty good as well, only feeling it was maybe just a tad too long and that it had a couple of places where it dragged a bit tempting me to nod off.

So – not great, but still pretty good, and probably worth checking out if you enjoy a decent period film now and then.


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