Director: Lone Scherfig.
Cast: Carey Mulligan / Rosamund Pike / Dominic Cooper / Olivia Williams / Emma Thompson / Peter Sarsgaard / Alfred Molina.
Content Rating: PG 13 for thematic material involving sexual content.
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.
The stellar cast drew me to this film. Such big, beautiful British names, I mean how can you resist?!
And I am glad I watched it.
It was an excellent film. Fully-rounded, three-dimensional characters who underwent brilliant and realistic development, witty dialogue, a quirky, classy, tender, and profound story, not to mention excellent cinematography, a rich historical setting, actors and actresses that were perfectly cast and gave in-depth performances, and most of all: a raw and stunning display of talent from Carey Mulligan.
Ending with a refreshing outcome that departed from the cliches of the genre, An Education was both tragic and joyful. It had some strong moral lessons to impart to young girls and probed deep into sexist times of the era while bringing about an outcome that instilled hope and triumph, rather than tragedy.
The theme was scary, because it showed what can happen when a young girl is swept away by the charms of an older man, but it ended with her learning from her mistakes and carrying on with her life. It was triumphant and moving.
There were only two tiny negatives:
I did think it went on for a bit too long; my attention wandered somewhat towards the end. Also, it was rather predictable. Not big flaws, but worth mentioning :)
An Education was a fine display of British talent and a rich historical drama. It avoided the typical, cliched coming-of-age adolescent story we've seen so much of in the past, and presented a tender, real, and ultimately profound journey of a young girl finding her place in life and learning from her otherwise tragic mistakes.