Excerpt: Maybe I’m a bit bias, but when it comes to films that pertain to the UK, I tend to tune out. Nothing against the Brits, but there are clearly some cultural differences between them and those of us in the States. I’ll just say that both The Simpson’s and Family Guy seem to have the pulse of that, so if you’re fans of either one of those shows, then you’ll know what I’m referring to.
Excerpt: Indulge me in a bit of math: Charles Dickens wrote fourteen major novels in the years between 1836 and 1870 (when he died). Together, they create a total word count of 3.8 million words. That means he averaged 311 words a day, every day, rain or shine. That's just the major novels, which doesn't include "A Christmas Carol," his voluminous correspondence, and the journalism, short stories, and plays.
Conclusion: Sometimes, words really are just words, digestible bits strung together for entertainment purposes, not profound exposition in which the secrets of life, happiness, freedom, and family reside. Sometimes, reality truly is different than fiction, and sometimes the two are inseparably identical.
Conclusion: The Invisible Woman is an assured piece of work and I do believe that Ralph Fiennes has got this directing thing down cold. I look forward to his next project and I look forward to more by Felicity Jones, as well. The Blu-ray has above average video and sound quality and the special features are just okay, then again, it’s not really the type of film that one would expect to have tons of supplements. Give it a watch.
Conclusion: For those who generalize British historic dramas as overstuffed, deadly-dull slogs, my suggestion is to skip The Invisible Woman - it won't change any minds. In his second effort at directing (after 2011's Coriolanus ), Ralph Fiennes approaches this tale of Charles Dickens' real-life affair as a precisely filmed, deliberately paced and vaguely unsatisfying moral lesson.
Conclusion: The Invisible Woman is a marked improvement over Ralph Fiennes' first time in the director's chair, but he again struggles a bit to hold on to viewers' attentions. While it looks nice, its story is relatively interesting, and the cast is more than adequate (especially Felicity Jones), this film doesn't quite resonate as much more than a technically sound, mildly lurid historical drama.
Excerpt: If Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus brought a tarted-up faux-verité aesthetic and a modern-times update to its adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy, then the filmmaker's follow-up is conspicuous for its lack of trumpery—as well as for maintaining the temporal grounding of its source material. Based on Claire Tomalin's 1990 biography of the same name, The Invisible Woman is in every sense a period piece.