Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Edge of Love

Screenshot from the edge of love

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~Dylan Thomas, opening stanza from Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night

I've been laid up all week in my friend's apartment in Berlin, recovering from a gnarly cold that I could have only caught on the tour bus (23 death metal dudes and little ol' me. It was an awesome time and I really should post some pictures on here) last week.

While recovering, I've been watching movies online, which is something I never usually do. I'm always too busy doing something else to sit and watch a movie. Or, if I do, I'm on my laptop and not really paying attention. Being sick and comatose forced me just lie there and enjoy a movie.


I stumbled across the film, The Edge of Love, which piqued my interest namely because it starred Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller (also a bad sign since the stars are so big and yet I've never heard of the film-- usually meaning it was a dud), and because it was a biopic of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The film really isn't that great, and yet the cinematography is absolutely stunning. There seems to be a painterly quality to the film.

And, I LOVED the 1940s costumes. I think quite possibly that might be favorite era for fashion. Or it is at the moment. I love their hair and their red lips, and the dresses are so pretty! Part of this movie is set in Wales on the seaside, and the girls run around wearing pretty floral dresses with fisherman sweaters and cardigans thrown on top. With Wellies! It made me want a pair of Wellington boots (seriously, I spent a good half-hour online looking for a pair, but as I am heading to Dubai in a week for two months, I don't reckon I would be getting much use out of them).

I knew as soon as I saw the movie that I wanted to do an outfit post about this film. Funnily enough, Sweet Aya beat me to it by about a week, but she has great taste in clothes, so I don't mind a bit.




Leif said...

Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller, eh? Which one plays Dylan Thomas?

I love Dylan Thomas, too bad the movie wasn't good. He does favor style over clarity, maybe the filmmakers were trying to do the same.

beckyxoxo said...

i've heard of this movie , but haven't seen it . too bad it's not that good . btw good blog :)

elventryst said...

Leif, I am surprised to find you reading my blog. Thanks-- and thanks for the comments!

Becky, the movie isn't bad per se, it's just not good. Maybe I wasn't completely fair in my review. I LIKED the film, I just don't think it's good cinema. Does that make sense? It's not a great film, but it's still enjoyable. Kiera seems largely forgettable, but Sienna's character is interesting. The costumes are beautiful, and the cinematography is nice. And, it's an interesting look at the poet-- I side I didn't know about before watching the film. Oh, and the movie makes me want to go to Wales. So it's not all bad!

Vintage Juno said...

I so disagree with this. I've watched the film many times and think Kiera Knightly's performance is really strong in it. I was never really convinced she could act before this film.