Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
United Kingdom, 2003. The Film Consortium, UK Film Council, Visionview Production, Icon Films, Revolution Films, Doubting Hall Limited. Screenplay by Stephen Fry, based on the novel Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh. Cinematography by Henry Braham. Produced by Gina Carter, Miranda Davis. Music by Anne Dudley. Production Design by Michael Howells. Costume Design by Nic Ede. Film Editing by Alex Mackie.
Delightful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, and a promising directorial debut by actor Stephen Fry. Stephen Campbell Moore is wonderful as a London journalist and impoverished aristocrat who travels the 1930s party circuit with his posh girlfriend (Emily Mortimer), hoping to marry her as soon as he has enough money.
The sparkling lives of British glitterati are at first hopelessly appealing, but it soon becomes apparent as the film continues that these are people with no real substance, and therefore, no future.
Fenella Woolgar is a scream as the most archetypal of these characters (with the most terrifying of outcomes), while the rest of the ensemble cast is rounded out by small appearances by Stockard Channing, Richard E. Grant, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent and, in his last film appearance, John Mills.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2003