01 June 10
WARNING: If you haven't seen An Education yet, be warned that I've posted quite a lot of stills below and though nothing is inherently spoilery, it might be a bit of a bummer. If you don't mind, onwards we go!
So I watched An Education yesterday and I thought it was brilliant! I had read mixed reviews, so I wasn't expecting much, but I thought it was a very smart coming of age story and well acted by all involved. Carey Mulligan is fantastic as schoolgirl Jenny (can't believe she's actually 25, a year older than me) but it really came in to its own in the beautiful filming, sets and costume design. There are tons of perfectly captured stills all over the internet, but they mostly seem to concentrate on Jenny and leave out some of the most visually exciting bits, so I thought I would make some of my own (I'm afraid the quality is pretty horrendous, but you get the idea). I loved Rosamund Pike's ditzy character Helen (the blonde) with her ladylike fancypants outfits and brilliant hair, the wonderful Emma Thompson as headmistress Miss Walters in her wood paneled office and Olivia Williams as Miss Stubbs wearing the coolest glasses. The interior sets are probably my favourite though, some amazing retro home decorating inspiration here. And the whole thing is set in Twickenham, where my parents live and I grew up (though they went and filmed it in Ealing for some reason) Exciting!
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