A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, The Age Of Innocence chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1880's. Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an upstanding lawyer who secretly longs for a more passionate life. Engaged to the lovely but ordinary socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder), Newland resigns himself to a life of quiet complacency. But when May's unconventional cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) returns to New York amid social and sexual scandal, Newland becomes captivated by her mysterious authority and outstanding beauty. Now he must choose between May and the world he knows, and Ellen and the world he dreams of having.
Sumptuously photographed - but boring
- The Age of Innocence review by RP
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I have heard that Martin Scorsese rates this as his best film. Hmmm...
It is beautifully – even sumptuously - photographed and as a costume drama the costumes are, well, magnificent. But I found it unsatisfying and (I hate to say it) boring. Set in 1870s New York among the fashion and social conscious high society of the day it tells the story of a young lawyer (Daniel Day Lewis) engaged to be married to a young woman (Winona Ryder) but who is tempted by another (Michelle Pfeiffer). I say tempted, because that's as far as it gets – because trapped in a spiders-web of manipulative society matrons, the delicious and interesting 'other woman' is manoeuvred back to Europe. Err, that's it. If you like costume dramas, try this one – it may be for you. It wasn't for me. I'll give it 3/5 stars.