Adaptation of E. M. Forester's classic novel... February
When watching "Remains of the Day," you never really
get to see Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins show one another
any real affection. In this movie, they actually have great
chemistry and while Emma takes on the role of a much more
subservient woman, she is much more radiant. If you are a fan of
her acting, you will definitely want to see this movie.
This is a movie which takes some patience to view and the
artistic elements are well worth waiting for. The Schlegel
sisters get themselves into a few trying situations and the men
they love either fail miserably or protect them from the world.
Margaret (Emma Thompson) is the smarter of the sisters and
yet she lacks heart in certain situations. She seems quite happy
to let others save her, but is not as willing to sacrifice to
save a friend. Her sister falls in love with a young bank clerk
and while trying to assist him is seduced and
"ruined." She is not following the laws of her society
and therefore is rejected at first.
This is a tangled web involving the cultured and
underprivileged. Margaret and Helen are independent and well
educated and when they meet Leonard Bast (Samuel West) their
lives are changed forever.
A somewhat somber ending because we are not sure any of the
characters really get what they first wanted. I found this movie
to be enjoyable, yet felt tense throughout the movie because
there is always the thought that the sisters have ruined an
innocent. Leonard is really the tragic hero in this story
because he took on a responsibility neglected by Mr. Wilcox who
has his eye on Margaret.
All I have to say is..."Don't let anyone steal your
If you enjoy movies that make you think about more than what
is happening on screen, this is a good movie that will make you
contemplate the fate of others around you in your world. You
could hold someone's destiny in your hands, even if it is not as
dramatic as the story in this movie.