The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning subject of the acclaimed 11-part 1981 miniseries starring Jeremy Irons, Evelyn Waugh's acclaimed examination of class, Catholicism and the pursuit of individualism has now been turned into a stand-alone feature by the director of "Becoming Jane."
So, is "Brideshead" worth revisiting?
On the affirmative side, a solid cast and striking production values definitely add Merchant Ivory-worthy luster.
But in distilling the 330-page novel into a two-hour film, director Julian Jarrold, along with screenwriters Andrew Davies ("Bridget Jones's Diary") and Jeremy Brock ("The Last King of Scotland"), have taken some liberties with the material that will likely upset purists and leave others feeling merely unsatisfied.
Although it has its involving moments, the watered-down Waugh fails to make any kind of lasting connection, giving this midsummer counterprogramr just a moderate shot of scoring with the Brit Lit crowd.
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