#16 An Education
Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina
I’ve always had a thing for British period pieces. They are almost always filled with intelligent, witty, classy people. So it’s always a pleasure to come across one with such great actors, vivid cinematography and sharp writing.
The plot isn’t exactly original but everything about this movie is so charming that it becomes more than just another coming-of-age story. The movie wouldn’t be anything without the stellar Cary Mulligan. She so effortlessly portrays this subtle eagerness to be a woman. She is introduced to this whole new world of art and music and this sexual awakening and she is able to hold on to her innocence while still fitting into this vibrant new reality.
This is a movie that transcends the story and gives you time to examine your live at that point. When all you know is what you know, it can be exciting and even necessary to try something new. Yet it can be dangerous. But you’ll never know until you try. Except trying could ruin your life. This is also one of those movies that makes you realize how difficult life can be but it can also offer you so much.
I can understand how this movie might not appeal to everyone though. It can be extremely slow at times, especially for your average American viewer. Even I was having trouble keeping with it a couple times in the middle. I also might give this a higher score if there was more of a consequence at the end of the movie. It came off a little anticlimactic. I think that everything was done nearly perfect yet it’s missing something to be a truly great film. However, I could not tell you what that is. There are some movie that need to be a little more simplistic. This is one of them.
-Cary Mulligan was absolutely fantastic but the rest of the cast was incredible as well. I love when movies have so many talented actors pop up throughout every scene.
-Oscar Alert!: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay
-Up next: Annie Hall