Manor Porn

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

cheerful_weather_for_the_wedding_xlgCheerful Weather for the Wedding ** (out of five)

England, a country manor, the 1930s: Downstairs, the guests gather for a wedding; upstairs, Dolly (the astonishingly beautiful Felicity Jones) frets and drinks, remembering the summer she fell in love with Joseph (Luke Treadaway), who is not the boy she’s about to marry.936full-cheerful-weather-for-the-wedding-screenshot

It’s hard to understand why this movie exists, except to cash in on the astounding popularity of Downton Abbey; it’s not funny (and I’m not sure it’s meant to be a comedy), barely dramatic, and its ponderous basic story has been told more richly many times before. At a scant 93 minutes, it feels long; it could easily have been told as a short film (it’s adapted from a 1932 novel, which probably should have been a short story).

The estate and surrounds, and most of the people, are very beautiful to look at, the costumes are fine, and there’s so nice old motors; it’s all very English and proper and tasteful, but it doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, just at your patience. If you’re seriously white-knuckling for a dose of English Period Countryside Romanticism while you wait for Downton’s next season to roll, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding will be like methadone: it’s not going to satisfy you, but it may relieve your itch.Cheerful-Weather-For-The-Wedding_19

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