See, I can always find good excuses for something I want to do.
One thing I really liked about this movie is that it shows Percy and Marguerite before they're married. We get to see Marguerite as an actress and what Percy is doing in France. The plot superbly blends The Scarlet Pimpernel and El Dorado and has the best of both.
|My little sister looked at a picture of |
Percy and groaned, "Not that ugly guy
again." I'm still wondering how she
could think that. But then again, she
hasn't watched this movie.
I know I did say once that Marguerite has to have the golden-auburn hair that Baroness Orczy said, but I take it all back. Anthony Andrews is the absolute best Percy and Jane Seymour is the absolute best co-starring with him, therefore Jane Seymour is the absolute best Marguerite. Dark hair and all. Don't I have interesting powers of reasoning? ;P
Now, I guess I come to what I don't like. In one word, Armand. Wait, I do like him *pretends to not notice the shocked silence of everyone reading this* but with the authority of this movie you could be justified in hating him. But then, it would have taken a lot of screen time to properly devolop Armand and more Armand would mean less Percy. And that would be a tragedy.
One little warning: there are two scenes that strongly suggest that Armand and his fiancee are living together without being married. Unfortunate (why does there have to be an inappropriate scene put into every movie with more than its share of amazingness?), but then, what's a fast-forward button for?
Other than that, there's an unfortunate bit of language. Squeamish me was quite pleased with the lack of violence in this movie. You see enough to know what the League is saving people from, but not enough for it to be really gruesome.
|Percy's cravat is absolutley gorgeous |
in this scene and so is his hat and his coat.
You don't even want to get me
started on his cape. I think of
this scene as 'The
Scene Where Percy Has A Cape.'
|One of the absolutely most amazing dresses. |
The soundtrack is also quite lovely. I can't describe it, but you'll hear it when you watch it soon. You are going to watch it soon, aren't you? *inserts stern glare.* The cinemeatography isn't is good as it could be, but considering that it was shot in the 80s, it's better than some more modern films I've seen.
|"With this ring I thee wed. With my body I thee worship.|
With all my worldly goods I thee endow."
|"I shall be back, my dear M. Chauvelin. I shall return - to haunt you."|
He does look a little sick at the idea. :P
|Madame de Tournay: God bless the Scarlet Pimpernel, |
whomever he may be. Surely he must be an angel in disguise!
Percy: (sniffs) Amen
|I will love her till the day I die. That is the tragedy.|
|The man I fell in love with still exists somewhere. |
I shall never stop loving him.
I take it you approve of this movie?
Approval, sir, in my opinion, demands the attainment of (very nearly) perfection.
Do I approve of it? Oh yes!