It’s kinda peculiar to encounter a costume drama among the Scorsese works, not something one would expect from this particular director, he’s usual style is quite different. In cases like this there is always an apprehension that final result might be not as good as a master’s normal work, after all, he steps onto a soil unknown to him; as one of the critics aptly put it, going out of the usual way like that requires the ability to flex a whole different set of muscles. The Age of Innocence is an admirable proof that Scorsese has that ability.
The screenplay is rich and clear at the same time; the story is extremely vital and strong. The acting is mind-boggling. The direction is almost faultless: the only thing that lowers overall quality a bit is excessive voiceover, but the influence of this circumstance should not be exaggerated. In the end, this is an excellent movie.
Released in: 1993
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese
Performed by: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt, Stuart Wilson, Miriam Margolyes, Siân Phillips, Carolyn Farina, Michael Gough, Alexis Smith, Tracey Ellis, Kevin Sanders, Norman Lloyd, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Patricia Dunnock, Robert Sean Leonard, Joanne Woodward
Entertaining quality: 5 out of 5
Art quality: 5 out of 5
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