Bright Star was released in Canada on September 11, 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its cast consists of Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish and Paul Schneider.
Bright Star is a period piece, a plot built around the life of nineteenth century poet, John Keats. A romantic relationship develops between Keats and a neighbour when she learns he is nursing his ill brother. While the two had previously openly criticized one another, a romance develops over poetry lessons. A best friend and a mother try to distract the two, without success. Ultimately, it is Keats' own illness that dissolves the relationship.
The film has just one Oscar nomination, in the category of Costume Design, and this is appropriate. The costumes are indeed fabulous. Otherwise, the movie is not really Oscar material. But there is more to this film than the fabrics and fashions of an era. The acting is decent and the storyline emotional. However, it is very slow-paced and pensive for the most focused, and an adrenaline junkie movie generation will not appreciate its merits.
Bright Star is another UK item that is worth the view for sure.