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Possession (2002)

  Directed by: Neil LaBute
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Northam, Gwyneth Paltrow
Links: Possession on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Roses are red, violets are blue, blah blah blah etc." - a review by pearly

Possession is the story of two poetry loving people (Maud, a British girl - Gwyneth Paltrow, and Roland, an American man - Aaron Eckhart). Roland has a particular interest in the Victorian poet Randolf Ash, and Maud has a similar interest in the Victorian poet Christabel LaMotte. When Roland makes a discovery that could link faithful husband and romance poet Ash, to LaMotte (who isn't his wife, but may have been involved romantically with Ash), Maud and Roland join forces to try and discover the truth - much like Lisa Simpson did when she uncovered the truth about Jebediah Springfield on The Simpsons, except less funny.

Interspersed between the path of discovery by our two leads is the backstory of Ash (played unsurprisingly well by Jeremy Northam who has had a lot of practice at this type of role) and LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle), told a little at a time as the modern-day couple discover more and more. Given that I'm not a huge fan of period dramas, the segmentation was a welcome format for me, as it meant not too many shots of girls in big dresses and corsets, and men throwing their coats on the ground for women to cross puddles.

When it comes down to it, Possession is, not surprisingly, a romance story, with the modern-day couple discovering poems and love letters and reading them to each other in hushed tones, and that type of thing. Yes, there's definitely a target audience for this, and it's not necessarily me. Luckily, though, I found that Possession didn't get too mushy, and, given the film's genre, I found it tolerable. I actually even got a bit interested in what the modern-day pair were going to find out next, which means I can't have found the whole thing too drab.

See this if you're into period dramas, poetry, romance, or all of the above.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 5 Dec 2002

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  1. this movie was really romantic,especially the poetry

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from joseph abasi wangui on Tue 21 Oct 2003 16:48 #

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