Bright star is one of the most moving and beautiful films I have seen. It's finely drawn, the costumes are gorgeous, the performances sublime and the story is just so darn tragic. Any of us who have 'done' John Keats' poetry at school knows the story of the romantic English poet and his beloved, Fanny Brawne, the girl next door, and their touching, tender but ill-fated romance. While Fanny is a feisty minx whose poetry is in her dressmaking, Keats aims to make his mark with his beautiful poetry - an ambition sadly not realised in his short lifetime. You'll need the tissues for this one, but if you're a fan of a well-made costume drama, don't miss it.
Rating - I give this 5/5
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch