Love, Sweet Love: Bright Star Movie Review

September 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm , by

014_bright_star.0531144  Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne and Ben Whishaw as John Keats in 'Bright Star'

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. Such an amazing song and sentiment—and personally, I think the same can be said about movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love to laugh and I love suspense, but there is nothing like walking out of the theater with a slight love buzz. So, imagine my delight when I saw Bright Star, about the poet, John Keats (Ben Whishaw), and his achingly passionate (albeit chaste) love affair with his neighbor, the precocious, creative clothes designer Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). The story takes place in London in the early 1800s and everything about this movie is beautiful…the clothes, the cinematography, the performances, and most of all, the notion that two people can find such certain, blissful love—even if only for a short time.

The film opens in select cities this Friday and then nationwide at the end of the month. If you’re as intrigued by the story as I was, you’ll enjoy this—it’s the final poem Keats wrote before he died from tuberculosis when he was 25:

010_bright_star.0433544  Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne and Ben Whishaw as John Keats in 'Bright Star'To Fanny, by John Keats

I cry your mercy—pity—love!—aye, love!
Merciful love that tantalizes not,
One-thoughted, never-wandering, guileless love,
Unmasked, and being seen—without a blot!
O! let me have thee whole,—all—all—be mine!
That shape, that fairness, that sweet minor zest
Of love, your kiss,—those hands, those eyes divine,
That warm, white, lucent, million-pleasured breast,—
Yourself—your soul—in pity give me all,
Withhold no atom’s atom or I die,
Or living on, perhaps, your wretched thrall,
Forget, in the mist of idle misery,
Life’s purposes,—the palate of my mind
Losing its gust, and my ambition blind!

10 Responses to “Love, Sweet Love: Bright Star Movie Review”

  1. I hadn’t heard of this movie at all, but it sounds just like something I’d totally love. Thanks for the review!


  2. A love buzz….what a great description. If a movie will give you this, it’s worth the price of a ticket. Bring it on.


  3. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see this movie now!! What an amazing love story, and I love that poem! Great post!


  4. I love when all of the pieces of a movie come together to create a great story. Thanks for the heads-up, I’ll have to make it to the movie theater for this one (plus that Ben guy is kind of cute)!


  5. I think you will definitely enjoy it…especially if you like Jane Austen movies. It has a very similar feel as those.


  6. Sounds like a beautiful story, and a movie that I look forward to seeing!


  7. Wow, I thought I was a bit of a Keatsian scholar, but I don’t know that poem. It feels so young and full of passion! So do the two actually kiss? I’ll be first in line when this opens!!


  8. The NY Times describes Abbie Cornish as the next Kate Winslet. What do you think?


  9. One of the best dramas I’ve seen all year! The cast was amazing, and the music haunting. You should check out Bright Star’s official site, where they’ve announced the Love Letter Contest. Those who enter will have to submit a hand-made love letter or love tweet for their chance to win two unique diamonds from A Diamond Is Forever. Find more details here:
    http://www.brightstar-movie.com/contest
    Follow Keat’s Tweets here: twitter.com/KeatsTweets
    I’m glad Jane campion decided to step back into the director’s chair for this one. I don’t think anyone else could have captured the heart of the story like her.


  10. I need a Riddle ASAP! i know this sounds extreamly werid but i need a riddle. Dont ask why just give me something!! thanks!

    the day the earth stood still