An Education Movie Reviews
User reviews on An Education
...given one must allow for the "foreign" feel of a Foreign film "An Education" passes class (not gas). It is a coherant Movie, taking place in 1961 Britian, satisfying with a beginning, middle and end. The Film is engaging enough and easy to follow. Jenny, our bright, soon to be 17 year old Cello player, abandons school for the romance and charm of an older fellow. He is likable and convincing even to her careful parents. However, plans and dreams ultimately unravel and Jenny is forced to humbly reapproach important people in her life essentially asking forgiveness and a second chance. Dialogue and script is above average and Jenny's experience is entirely believable. She is a smart girl, just caught up in growing up. The jazz and pop soundtrack is very worthwhile, especially given the early year of 1961....(Mel Torme, Brenda Lee, etc.). There is early buzz for an Oscar nomination though a nomination should be the summit this movie acheives. A worthy film earning 3 stars.
Finally - a wonderful movie, after what seems a lengthy period of really ordinary movies. The acting is brilliant - from every single character. Even minor characters were magnificently cast and acted. An often very funny movie set in early 1960's UK - Carey Mulligan as Jenny is entirely empathetic as she transitions from a clever, innocent schoolgirl to a wiser, experienced person. Her seduction, and that of her family, is often hilarious and perfectly portrayed as the naivety of the people and the period is exposed. The fashions, attitudes and settings just add to the whole experience.
People will be talking about Carey Mulligan's standout performance in this movie come Oscar time. This is a great coming of age movie about the relationship between a girl in high school and a man 20 years her senior. While this sort of age gap rarely raises an eye in NY or Hollywood, the underlying subject is dealt with in a sincere and refreshing manner. Overall a great night at the movies I cannot say enough good things about.