Tuesday, July 6, 2010
An Education. B+
The title alone makes this movie quite predictable, and as it goes along it becomes even more so. But the movie is so mature in its context that it hardly matters. This is a quiet, entertaining, and wonderfully acted period drama that, despite its many qualities, will probably be remembered most as the film that turned Carey Mulligan into an esteemed actress. Mulligan is great in this, and the fact that she defeats all her co-stars, all terrific as well, just shows how strong her performance really is. I think the point made in An Education is not that liberal arts education is the correct path, but that we can go down any path as long as we have the right people at our side.