Based on the acclaimed Dodie Smith novel that has charmed for generations, 'I Capture The Castle' is a beautiful and uplifting story of first love, self-discovery and family relationships. Narrated by the teenage Cassandra, who chronicles in her diary the life of her eccentric family living in a castle in 1930's England. When two young, rich American men inherit the crumbling estate on which they live, Cassandra begins to understand the complexity of her family's relationships and the bitter-sweet taste of first love.
- I Capture the Castle review by RhysH
The casting for this adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1948 novel is wonderful. Romola Garai is perfect as Cassandra, the right mix of naivety and worldly-wisdom. We know Bill Nighy can do charm and humour but here he dishes up angst and anger. To mention just two performances may be a disservice to the rest of this excellent cast.
The quality of the performances and Heidi Thomas's sparkling screenplay steers this film away from being a flimsy costume drama into a drama with bathos and genuine humour.