The story of three young women and the events that would change their lives... The friendships that would stay with them forever... and the loves that would change their hearts.
I originally saw this movie for the first time about 10 years ago. And I remember truly loving it. So I was thrilled to get this for my birthday last year. No mean feat, considering it was deleted and now goes for a pretty penny on various DVD selling websites.
And I have to say that, although a nice film, it did not cut it for me. That said, I feel that this is more me than the movie and you should not let that put you off. I am possibly a little bit more in love with the novel than I should be.
The acting and the costume are spot on. I err on the side of liking the character plots that are added in to the flick, but I feel that there is ample material in the book. I also feel that you do not really get to bond with the characters in this film before the war is over and most of them are living happily ever after. But, perhaps that is my feelings on the book coming through again.
There are excellent performances to be had from Anna Friel and Rachel Weiz, but Catherine McCormack as Stella did not convince me. She was OK, but as the lead character in both the images and narration of the story, I feel she was miscast.
In my opinion this could have been a whole lot better. It could have popped a lot more and had a bit more... something. In short, it is not the best it could have possibly been. I say this, because it is "based" on the novel and to me is not a true reflection of the book.
But, this movie is likeable. If you have not read the book then you are sure to love it, just as I did when I first saw it. If you can find a copy of the DVD at a charity shop or cheaply on line, then it will not be a waste of your eye time.
I am pleased that there is a movie about these remarkable women, albeit a tepid one.
A 6/10 from me