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A marriage of two poets
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Disadvantages: Sad story
I don't know a great deal about Sylvia Plath. I knew she was a poet and wrote the famous novel 'The Bell Jar' but that was it. I had no idea how she lived her life and therefore when I saw this on Netflix after reading the description I decided it sounded like a film I would like to see. Of course with Gwyneth Paltrow taking the starring role this did also sway me a little thinking that I usually enjoy her films so therefore it was likely I would enjoy this one.
The film begins with a young girl riding her bike manicly through the streets of Cambridge. She is obviously in a rush and when she finally arrives at the university you can see she is relieved to see a friendly face. The girl is Sylvia Plath, A final year student. Her friend, Tom was selling magazines but upon seeing Sylvia he hides them away. We learn that the magazine contains a review of Sylvias work and whilst she is excited to see it, Tom is cautious. They have given her a poor review and he wants to spare her feelings.
In time, Sylvia meets the poetry students who are seen as the best at the university. She is immediately struck by one man, Ted. It appears he is quite taken aback by Sylvia too and they are soon spending all of their time together.
Soon the pair are at the end of their university studies. They understand that now is the time to grow up and become adults. They begin to look for work but whilst Ted is sought after in the poetry world, nobody is interested in Sylvias work. She eventually finds a job teaching but there is always a niggle in her mind telling her that her soon to be husband must be better and more talented than she is.
I was quite intrigued by Sylvia and her story from the very beginning of the film. It was clear to see how much Sylvia loved poetry and how liberated it made her feel. Therefore when she receives bad reviews I really do feel for her as it is hard enough being criticised for anything, let alone something that you feel so strongly about.
Sylvia was a sweet, good natured and down to earth girl. She cared a lot for her friends and family and it was clear to see that Ted took a place in her heart as soon as they met. I was really skeptical of Ted from the off. He seems to be quite bigheaded and whilst you can see that he obviously cares for Sylvia I did feel cautious because he seemed a bit of a lad and therefore I was worried he may hurry. Sylvia.
I enjoyed the film and found the plot interesting. As I didn't know anything about the real life Sylvia Plath I was unsure what was going to happen in the film but about halfway through I did develop an idea of what may happen but I wasn't sure. When the climax of the film arrived although I was half expecting it I was a little shocked.
The plot flowed well and I found that there was always plenty to go on to hold my attention. It wasn't an action packed movie but I felt that it told Sylvias story well and was interesting.
The acting in the film was absolutely superb and I thought both Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig did brilliantly at presenting Sylvia and Ted.
The film was released in 2003. It was directed by Christine Jeffs. It runs for 110 minutes.
I thought this was an interesting film. It was quite a difficult and tense watch at times but I believe that the film was very well done. Recommended.
Summary: A good film