I liked the look, the performances and many moments of Bright Star but overall it was all rather (and not surprisingly) predictable.
I did discover a major new star who was only 17 at the time of filming: Topper the cat!
He was such a scene stealer and clearly dearly loved by Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. Topper’s finest moment was trying to catch a butterfly only for Abbie Cornish to stop him (“No, Topper!”) and for Kerry Fox to hold onto him while they carried on acting a fabulous scene. The only thing that gave them away was Cornish’s Australian accent slipping through in her pronunciation of Topper.
While I was watching the surprisingly well written biopic of Mrs Mandela (Michael Samuels did a good job of condensing nearly thirty years of her life) with its standout performance by Sophie Okonedo, I noticed this man in the necklacing crowd scene. He really took me out of the scene because he looks like a pirate and it’s just odd.
I watch Ugly Betty because of its fabulous acting and its zingy one-liners. If I think too hard about the plot lines and the occasional uneven characterization I stop liking it so I don’t do that. And I certainly don’t think about Betty and Henry and Gio – even when they are on-screen.
And just because here are two screencaps of Ashley Jensen. The first is from Takin’ Over the Asylum (1994).
This is from the Ugly Betty episode “Burning Questions” (2008).