Flash Movie Review: The Invisible Woman

The couple sitting next to me either thought the armrest between us was radioactive or rigged to explode. No not really, they were heavy into performing public displays of affection, known as PDAs. I do not have an issue with a kiss, hug, neck massage, tickle or the holding of hands; but when 2 people are intensely trying to invade each other’s body in a public area like the aisle of a grocery store or on a crowded train, I have to wonder what is going on that they need to show the world they are in love that much. Honestly, I interpret it to mean there is something lacking in their relationship and they are overcompensating for it. On the flip side when a person does not want to be out in public with their significant other, I usually make the assumption there is something they are hiding or embarrasses them. Based on the biographical book of the same name, this romantic drama revealed a side of Charles Dickens that was unfamiliar to me. Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter franchise, Red Dragon) directed and starred as Charles Dickens. Upon meeting the young daughter of Mrs. Frances Ternan, played by Kristin Scott Thomas (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The English Patient), Charles Dickens became enamored with her to the point where his wife Catherine, played by Joanna Scanlan (Notes of a Scandal, Girl with a Pearl Earring), knew something was afoot. The first thing I have to tell you is how surprised I was about the story. Witnessing the actions of Charles Dickens in this Oscar nominated film I could easily see him play one of the characters in his novels. The scenes in this richly detailed film went from sparse open expanses to muted fully appointed rooms. Each aspect of this movie was well thought out. Felicity Jones (Hysteria, The Tempest) as the young woman Nelly did a beautiful job of acting as did the other actors. If I separate each part of this film I had no complaints about them individually; however, what failed for me was the directing. This story was so dragged out; I had a hard time staying focused. One of the comments I heard a fellow viewer say afterwards was if he saw the back of Nelly’s head one more time he was going to scream. I am sure Ralph is proud of this film, but if I had done this picture with the same results I would have tried to keep it hidden away from my friends.


2 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 30, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. PDAs? That is correct! It is a proving they are together firmly and absolute. But we know different now don’t we? I remember one of my closest friends growing up and her boyfriend. Whenever they were on the rocks, they found a public place to prove how well everything was going! Just in case, you might consider carrying a flashlight so next time you can to put the relationship in the proper light. I assume by your review that the movie wasn’t all that and the love on the rocks next to you was probably a close almost as bad. Lucky you!
    As I am learning with your reviews, the set up is the best part. It is like starting with desert. I always like your lead ins. I’m trying to think and wonder if there is a way we could get more of your opening set ups or maybe even a better venue to show off that talent you have? I am still contemplating and hope to think of a better fit. A way we can get more of your best.. Hmmmm not sure! Thanks again, claudy

    • Please Claudy you are too generous with your compliments. Thank you so much. When I started this site, I made a promise that my reviews would only be 1 paragraph long, albeit some are a bit long. Because of my deep connection to movies; I want to be able to show people what films can do to each of us. If I am able to strike a chord of memory or similarity in someone else, I feel a sense of gratefulness. Once again thank you for your support.

      • I get it! I understand the need for reviews and enjoy yours but really want more of you! You can go really far with it and I am sure you will. Just count me as another Fan…..claudy

      • Thanks for the vote of confidence. When I started this site, I made a point of not putting any restrictions on myself except for the 1 paragraph rule I mentioned earlier. I am deeply appreciative of your support, thank you once again.

  2. Good one! In a conservative set up like that of India, PDA would merely indicate the couple having no privacy at home. There is a lovely Bollywood flick on this very theme – Piya Ka Ghar (The House of the Beloved).

  3. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas together, it makes me think of The English Patient, one of my favourite movies of all time! Even though they are not playing each other’s love interest here, it’s nice to see them in the same film together. Thanks for this review!

  4. hehe that is a funny intro here MovieJ. I’ve actually had the experience myself and it is kind of annoying. On a movie-related note, I probably won’t end up seeing this. It just seems very so-so, although I am a fan of Mr. Fiennes.

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