Bright Young Things (2003)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

United Kingdom, 2003.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by Stephen Fry, based on the novel Vile Bodies by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Delightful adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, and a promising directorial debut by actor Stephen Fry.  is wonderful as a London journalist and impoverished aristocrat who travels the 1930s party circuit with his posh girlfriend (), 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.

 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 , , ,  and, in his last film appearance, .

Toronto International Film Festival:  2003


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