Howards End

Now that cinemas have started showing more ads and fewer trailers before their main films – has anyone else noticed this or is it just in Brussels? – I am more reliant than ever on the internet for suggestions for new films. Fortunately there’s always the YouTube algorithm to help me out ;). Here are some 2018 releases that I came across and I’m already looking forward to:

First of all, the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This book has been a favourite of mine for a few years so I’m very curious to see what they did with it. The music and scenic shots sound and look amazing!

Watching the trailer, it feels like a bit of a Downton Abbey reunion with Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay and Penelope Wilton. I’m a bit apprehensive about the voice that Lily James is putting on – is it an accent? Which? I am so bad with those – but overall it looks like a cosy British period drama.

The story of Mary Shelley’s conception of Frankenstein (and all the men claiming her glory) has been turned into a film:

Somehow Elle Fanning’s dark expressive eyebrows remind me of Ruth Wilson playing Jane Eyre, and even the music from 1min40 on seems to hint at that BBC mini series. I can only hope Mary will be just as fierce and passionate as Jane. The trailer gives the impression of quite a dramatic film, well rooted in the gothic genre. Can you spot yet another Downton Abbey cast member? 😉

A novel that has been on my TBR forever: Howards End. The 1992 movie with Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter seems iconic, but the work is now also being adapted as a mini series.

I’ve seen so many British period pieces that I recognize quite a few of the sets they’ve used in this one. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but I’m curious to see whether the series itself will also feel a bit cast from the same mould as some of the more recent Jane Austen adaptations.

Writing this, I realise that these are all costume dramas. That definitely says something about my taste in movies. But don’t worry, I’m not only into old-timey literature: I’m super excited for Mama Mia 2 as well ;).

Which films are you looking forward to this year?

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