The standard BBC excellence in video presentation of George Eliot's novel.
This was an OK adaptation, with Romola Garai playing a difficult role as the naïve, spoiled, financially strapped woman who rejects a lower-class job as a governess. She falls for the bling in a wealthy predator, yet is attracted to the far more sensitive Daniel Deronda (her husband's hubris, though, leads him to an unfortunate smoke break). From the viewpoint of today's diverse culture, it's odd to see that being Jewish was once considered a possible bar to "high society."
Never read this book, maybe I should. I found this DVD a bit dull. The main female character Gwendolyn is so unpleasant and did things for money and security using her beauty as her currency / value that she sort of ends up with what she deserves. She does want to be a better person she tells Daniel Deronda. A young man abandoned at birth, but raised by his uncle in England. He gets involved with a Jewish woman who seriously affects his life and beliefs. Probably a good introduction for those of us who need to read the book.
Great adaptation of the novel- and very useful for transposing the 19th century dialogue - which can feel stilted and artificial by today's standards - to produce rounded rather than flat characters. Amazing scenery as well!
This is one of my favorite movies. It is beautifully crafted and moving. I believe Huge Dancy is perfect as the main character--and I enjoyed the movie more than the book. Romola Garai is an excellent actress, but in my opinion she did not capture Eliot's Gwendolen. And Gwendolen, by the way, is not a gambler as the "Description" here suggests.
Daniel Deronda is a young man of high moral values, soft spoken, who does not spend his life gazing at his belly button. He always tries to do what is best for others, and understands right and wrong. I highly recommend this movie to parents eager to inculcate good values to their children.
Enjoyable with good acting.
The lead actress, Romola Garai, who plays Gwendolyn, was simply not right for the part. This is a poor adaptation of a great novel by George Eliot. I do not recommend this.
Excellent adaptation of Eliot's novel. Beautifully directed, gorgeous scenery, haunting score. Acting is outstanding, with Hugh Dancy and Jodhi May leading the pack. Only negative is Romola Garai as Gwendolyn, she looks as if she is sleepwalking through the part. Eliot is a far superior storyteller to the overrated Jane Austen. A must-see.
even though the title character is Daniel, much of the story seems to center on Gwendolyn's circumstances ... in this glossy adaptation -- a missed opportunity
I didn't enjoy Daniel Deronda. I couldn't sympathize with Gwendolen, and thought that the plot was overly simplistic.
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