Friday, June 19, 2009
Educating Rita (1983)
Starring: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Trinity College
The Gist: Michael Caine, Julie Walters and the other people involved in this basically created the prototype for the quaint little British film that goes on to get nominated for Oscars and all that. It’s predictable, simplistic and every movement of it is either signalled to you well in advance, or is explained to you as it happens just-case-you-didn’t-get-it. Or both. But you’ll still be charmed and/or entertained. Why? That’s why.
And then what happens?: It’s strange, the story is basically done after about 45 minutes, right after her husband leaves her (and that’s only a spoiler if you’ve never ever seen a film before) and she gives an intense speech to Caine about how she’s strong enough to take criticism of her essays. But then it keeps going for another hour, because people have to learn more lessons, Caine has to get a good weeping clip for the Oscars and Walters has to try out some more nifty stylings from the early 80s.
See it for: Trinity College in Dublin. I know I’m biased by misty-eyed nostalgia but it looks only gorgeous.
Level of Crazy: 2. I’ll be damned if Rita doesn’t get good and educated!