A Room with a View

A Room with a View ★★★★★

This excellent adaptation of E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel has many extraordinary qualities; it not only administers to being a gorgeously shot romantic film but furthermore as an overriding social critique which ridicules English sensibilities. It's both romantic and delightful and director James Ivory, who most recently received an Oscar for the screenplay Call Me by Your Name, breathes genuine animateness into the lives of its characters in thoughtful ways.

The entire cast is extraordinary with a breakthrough role for Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch and supporting roles for Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis, the latter of who, despite mostly depicting a heartbreakingly tragic figure, demonstrates his comedic authority too. A Room with a View was nominated for eight Oscars at the 59th Academy Awards and submits an incredible portrait of England at the onset of the twentieth century and the modifications taking place within its society.

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