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Wings of the Dove, The
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by Ophelia13

"This sort of thing must be stopped. Immediately."
1 stars

Personally, I've nothing against period films. I quite enjoyed most of the examples I've seen. Unfortunately, everything about The Wings of The Dove seemed like nothing more than a pleading attempt by the filmmakers to draw sympathy out of an audience watching totally unsympathetic characters.

It's early in the century. Two lovers' togetherness is being threatened, because of poverty and family and a few other wee bits of minutiae. Along comes a rich,terminally ill American (we all know that those are the easiest people to dupe) and out comes a scheme to rid her of all that burdensome wealth before her death.

And up pops some nudity here, some true bitchiness there, some sex hither and some whining thither, and a good measure more nudity off pissing on the plot in the corner.

It's all a bit much, to tell the truth. The idea wasn't a bad one. But pair all that gratuitous bitching with characters whose personalities are as 3 dimensional as a cartoon tree and a script that makes the actors sound just as wooden.

Its a film for hard-core Helena Bonham Carter fans, surely. But unless you really pay attention, none of the other actors can bring their characters to the foreground with the way the plot is centered. It's all about Kate, the poor loving englishwoman who's just doing what she has to. Carter may try to make Kate seem sympathetic, or even human, but the elements are just lost in a jumble of nothing.

It's really too bad The Wings Of The Dove had to be made into a movie. It's qualities are so outnumbered by fatal defects that our descent into the story is absolutely miserable, and nothing you can do will drag something out of the gutter when its as imbedded as this.

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12/18/05 K. Sear The stuffy, somewhat uninvolving plot kept me distanced. Not terrible though. 3 stars
4/03/05 R.W. Welch Pro treatment of neatly plotted James novel, tho a shade low key. 4 stars
3/17/03 Shadaan Felfeli an anemic film. Bonham Carter was good though. 3 stars
6/03/02 The Velcro Warlock Kinda nice seeing Helena Bonham Carter buff until she got really nasty in FIGHT CLUB. 2 stars
1/15/01 Mic Successful adaptation from classic novel. 4 stars
4/11/99 Alonzo Helena Bonham Carter gave the only standout performance, movie was good though 4 stars
2/26/99 davebo uninspired soap-opera plot, dull performances, nice costumes 3 stars
1/31/99 Bridgette great performances. moving story. 4 stars
1/09/99 Dasha So-so film, far too distant for my taste 3 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee Fairly decent film, but it doesn't hold interest. 4 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Boring as hell. 2 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Oscar nominated, which translated means "cool for old folks" 3 stars
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  07-Nov-1997 (R)



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