Thoughts An Education: The Film, viewed June 2010 – click here for IMDB.com link
I loved this!
If you enjoy coming of age stories – especially ones set in English schools, if you like movies set in the glitzy glam of the early 60s, if you find Peter Sarsgaard alluring, if you loved the 2005 Pride & Prejudice actresses Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike AND also think Nick Hornby is an incredible writer,
I suggest you see this film.
Hornby is the screenwriter who adapts Lynn Barber’s ‘first love’ story and changes it up just a bit (like changes the name of the main character to Jenny) and adds some humor AND depth. How this incredible schoolgirl with ambitions of studying English at Oxford could throw it all away on a man twice her age! BUT IT REALLY HAPPENED! huh. Her parents allowing it all was astonishing to me.
The flick isn’t perfect – I thought the ending and the big reveal a bit abrupt; but I loved the acting, I loved the setting, I loved the drama. Then again – I *knew* how it was going to play out.
I still can’t believe the parents fell for him – the charming stealing lying bastard. I adored Mulligan as Jenny! She was wonderful in this. Pike was gorgeous and played the dumb blonde beautifully; she has the best lines. Also starring Alfred Molina! and Emma Thompson!!!
It’s a lovely companion piece to the memoir but know this: the memoir is much more than what you get in the film. It is evident that the events in the book provide the story INSPIRATION and Hornby captures it for a visual telling even while holding true to the whats and hows of how it all happened. I think that is why they changed the names?
Personally, I suggest you watch the film and THEN read the book. Because as I’ve said, the memoir is Barber’s – not just the start of her education but what she learns at university, in her career, in her marriage, over her entire life. Plus, she’s still here – the book ends in the now. The film is one year plus a moment.