Oh to be young and in the throes of first love! In 1818, flirty 18-year-old Fanny Brawne (Cornish) and her family live next door to brooding 23-year-old romantic poet John Keats (Whishaw) and his friend and patron, Charles Brown (Schneider). Keats is poor (and terminally ill) and fashionable seamstress Fanny knows she must meet her family's expectations and make a respectable marriage. She becomes his muse and then the object of his passionate letters. No consummation is possible so director Campion wisely makes the most of every glance, touch, and word. Title refers to the poem Keats dedicated to Fanny.
I adore Jane Campion's Bright Star. It's like a piece of poetry that just hits you in such the right way that you can see virtually no flaw in it. In fact, you don’t even try. Truly great poetry, including much of what was written by Bright Star's ...Read More