Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Criterion Collection Spine #775
She heard that you must have A Room with a View while in Florence, so she switched rooms and fell in love.
"He doesn't want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn't love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms."
A Room with a View had always struck me as an interesting title, but it turned out to be one of the more bland and predictable period romances I have seen. After seeing Merchant Ivory's 'Howards End' I pretty much knew what I was in for, but at least the excellent actors had more of a story to work with on that one.
- I can't believe I am saying this, but the very revealing all-male skinny dipping bath scene in a pond was the most eventful part
- The cast in A Room with a View is solid with Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Judi Dench. But, they just go around doing typical English aristocrats stuff like gossiping, reading, and playing tennis ... which is as uneventful as it sounds
- For instance, one of the big comic moments is when Maggie Smith struggles to find the right coins to make change
- The very charming Denholm Elliott, who you will remember as Marcus Brody from the Indiana Jones series, was the best part mostly because he actually had a sense of humor
- The period set design was nice, but the film does not do much to play it up
- A movie like this seems like it would really need some dramatic passion with the romance to shine, but it all seemed so subdued. With the focus being if Carter sticks with the commitment of her engagement, or follows her heart to be with a new lover. While the consequences of her choice are mentioned, none of that is shown, and it is just assumptions on her part
I am sure if you are into period romance novels, the nuances of this film might click with you. But, the subtle manneristic nature of A Room with a View, didn't do much for me.
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