Film Review: Effie Gray

Posted on by 5WC in Film

My friend saw this film and enjoyed it thoroughly. So, on this basis I booked tickets at my local cinema and prepared to be entertained. However, before the day arrived I heard that all the reviews had panned the film so I began to doubt the wisdom of purchasing my tickets. It was, therefore, with some trepidation that I wended my way to the cinema expecting a fairly boring evening and wishing I was staying at home.

As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised. The film, although slow in pace, as most costume dramas are, dealt with the years of Effie’s marriage to John Ruskin. She was nine years younger than him and had known him since her childhood. Ruskin senior encouraged the match but did not attend the wedding as it was at the home where his father had committed suicide. The newlyweds travelled back from Scotland to Ruskin’s parent’s house in London but even at this early stage it was clear that all would not be well with the marriage. Read more