Too much privilege.
Anne (Romola Garai) is the adopted daughter of Alexander, (Bill Nighy) a member of the Parliament. She lives a very privileged and sheltered life in Norfolk with her (non adopted) siblings, Ralph (Eddie Redmayne) and Celia. (Juno Temple) WWII is impending, and Anne eventually finds some secret gramophone recordings of her family members threatening others in the pro-appeasement movement. When she attempts to learn more, people start dying around her. The film also spends a bit of time in modern day London with Michael (Toby Regbo) who is Celia's grandson, attempting to get more information on what happened to Anne.
I've talked about my Netflix DVD queue being a permanent disaster area that's taken me ages to get through. I was on a Charlie Cox kick last year and threw this in there. When It got to me last week I looked at the summary again and was like "why the fuck did I do this to myself, it's going to be so boring!"
I was wrong, it's beautifully shot and the costumes and art direction are flawless. It ended up being a good, mysterious film. Garai is good in her role. She's an actress that's been consistent, but not one of my favorites. Redmayne and Temple were excellent as her stuck up siblings. And I got to see Charlie Cox's bare ass so that was worth it.
The ending hurts the film a bit. It was written well, and I hate to say it, but the actors kind of blew it. It felt awkward and overly cliche.
Memorable Quote: "Listen to them again, Anne." - Gilbert (Hugh Bonneville)