My partner and I went with some friends last night to see Bright Star the movie about poet John Keats and the love of his life Fanny Brawne.
I am not generally a fan of poetry - I would love to be able to read a poem and understand and appreciate it but I am afraid my reading material needs to be much more literal for me to take it on board. Add to that some very bad memories of studying poetry at university and it's no wonder I really did not know all that much about John Keats - the man or his poetry.
Bright Star has changed all that for me and I may just have found a medium for me to appreciate poetry through.
This movie is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever watched - the scenery, costumes, lighting and camera work are all divine but the thing that really made the movie for me was Australian actress Abbie Cornish in the role as Fanny. I thought Cornish played this role to perfection and was simply stunning as Fanny.
The movie follows the relationship of Keats and Brawne from the beginning and it paces the story really well - staying true to the time in which they lived and clearly showing the impediments that were in the way of them continuing their relationship and marrying.
Such a beautiful story - can't wait to see this one again.