Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Salon: Watching Lorna Doone

I recently watched the 2000 adaptation of Lorna Doone starring Richard Coyle as John Ridd and Amelia Warner as Lorna Doone. (Also notable, Martin Clunes as Jeremy Stickles, and Aidan Gillen as Carver Doone). This historical romance was quite lovely! I do love period dramas! And I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves period dramas and historical romance--even if you've never read the book or plan on reading the book.

It is quite fast-paced, especially when compared with the novel! It is romantic and exciting and oh-so-intense. Especially the ending.
I just LOVED Richard Coyle as John Ridd. Then again, I tend to LOVE Richard Coyle. And Aidan Gillen made a dramatic, oh-so-dangerous villain. He made Carver Doone so much more interesting, I thought. A truly memorable villain!

I thought this film did a great job with the characters, the characterization!!! And the romance was lovely. 

Have you seen this one, what did you think?

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Tasha B. 8:14 PM  

I own this one on DVD, and I think I watched it 3 times in a row when it first aired. I loved Aiden Gillen as Carver Doone! I think that's the one thing I missed most while reading the book--Carver Doone just wasn't as awesome.

Christina T 9:05 PM  

I loved this movie and the soundtrack. Couldn't get it out of my head and even now it is fresh in my mind though I haven't seen it for years. I tried reading the book and couldn't get into it but the movie was wonderful!

Aidan Gillen was a fantastic villain. He is on Game of Thrones now and I'm kind of disappointed with his acting though he is supposed to be a sort of villain too. I've also seen him in other stuff that wasn't as good as this role.

I want to try the Clive Owen/Sean Bean film version someday too. I'm sure Sean Bean would make a good Carver Doone but maybe not as good as Aidan Gillen...

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