More often than not, when I hear or read about the Oscars and the campaigning side of things gets mentioned, I choose to ignore it. I prefer to think that all of the awards are given out on merit alone and bear no relation to how successful a studios campaign has been to get their movie, and its contained parts, nominated.
Having seen Carey Mulligan’s assured performance as Jenny in the movie of Lynn Barber’s memoir, I can only assume the campaign machine went into overdrive. As assured as the performance was, it is not Oscar worthy, nor is the movie: perhaps the screenplay is, I haven’t read the memoir on which Nick Hornby’s nominated script was based.
The movie is pleasant enough and it watches very much like a memoir, as this represents a single episode in Jenny’s life where her education proves to be outside of academia. There are some good moments and Alfred Molina steals the show as Jenny’s dad.
The movie seems to be a self-contained piece and once watched will soon be forgotten. It asks no questions, it just offers a story and does it well.
The only other outstanding aspect to me was that the costumes, locations and design were excellently used to create 1960’s London.
A smaller budget and this would have been a BBC or ITV drama for a Sunday night.
It is worth watching but as the light comedy/drama that it is. Don’t believe the Oscar hype with this one.
My Rating: 2.5/5