An Education – Loved it.

I didn’t expect to love An Education as much as I did.  Like it yes – but it was just another of the ten top Best Picture nominations this year, albeit one that included fantastic sets and costumes from the 1960s.  But I was skeptical of Miss Carey Mulligan and her Best Actress nomination, never having heard of her before.

As I was telling my co-workers the movie I was going to see tonight, I made an offhand Lolita reference, having only seen trailers which alluded to the relationship between Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard.  But Lilly – who had seen An Education recently (also at the Quad Cinema) referred to the movie as such: “It’s about the choices you make in life.”  And I began to grasp the effect the movie might have on viewers, more than a defining relationship, more than a sexual education, more than the importance (or unimportance) of a girl’s education in the 60’s – it was about all of that and it makes you rethink what you want in your own life.

What is important and what makes a good life?

From the very opening credits of the film, you’re hit with a sense of whimsy and fun – Rosamund Pike makes spot-on facial expressions, and I found it more amusing than expected. (Scene: David: Don’t be bashful.  Helen: Yes!  Be Sneezy!)

Dominic Cooper and Peter Sarsgaard are both utterly charming – even as Peter Sargaard preys on the 16-year old schoolgirl, he is nothing if not dashing, and Carey Mulligan is real.  She makes you feel every moment of the film so acutely, with poignancy and grace.  It’s hard to believe she’s 24 – acting and looking every bit the awkward 16-year old at times, and yet still exuding that easy-come-easy-go, cooler-than-thou-without-even-trying attitude.

And the costumes!    For spring – 60’s matchstick jeans, pointed flats, button-up schoolgirl shirts, and elegant dresses.  C’est chic, n’est pas?

Refinery29 – Taking cues from \”An Education\”


~ by drywoodburstingintoflame on March 4, 2010.

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