A Little Chaos – Review
This morning I was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of A Little Chaos, the brand new film staring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts and Alan Rickman about the buildings of the gardens at Verseilles. I have tried to not put any spoilers in the review but apologise if any slipped through.
As the daughter of a feminist the synopsis of course appealed to me but sadly isn’t a true story. A woman in a man’s world taking them on to produce one of the stunning smaller gardens as a apart of the world famous gardens of Versailles. The main theme include; gardening, royals and of course love. Plus for a film about France which was shot entirely in England it was stunning. It is a beautiful film, visually stunning, some over the top visual scenes with royalty are contrast beautifully with many normal nature scenes and the soundtrack is matched perfectly. The combination makes it a work of art. The costumes ares spectacular. Kate Winslet’s are always earth tones and natural pastels and are simple designs. The royals have rich colours, are embellished with golds and are more intricate and complicate designs. It’s a very interesting visual difference between classes as the film goes on.
What I loved that everyone in the cinema was silent and focused through the whole thing. I haven’t seen that many people at the cinema pay attention so ardently for ages.
Take a peak at the trailer.
Kate Winslet was brilliant. She has such a range of emotions and are you on her side from the get go. You share her every emotion – expect some tears. Her character is a woman who has lost her family. She is damaged from it and the weight of it weighs heavily on her. Her love and ability to produce stunning gardens helps her deal with it until she needs to. I will try not to spoil the story and give away any spoilers. By the trailer you know you can easily foresee a romance with Matthias Schoenaerts is on the cards.
Matthias Schoenaerts is a gorgeous actor (seeing his face and naked body isn’t a hard thing to sit through). He is a relatively unknown actor for most people but he has been in some wonderful films including Rust and Bone, Suite Francaise and is staring in the remake of Far from the Madding Crowd with Carey Mulligan. He is wonderful as head gardener in A Little Chaos. He is quiet and reserved but has a sparkle in his eye and manages to show a range of emotions by a small hints of facial expression. His quietness goes on to work with Kate Winslet’s quietly broken and withheld emotional character. Their ways of working are different but their ideas work together and he is intrigued how this woman challenges what he likes in design and personality.
Alan Rickman’s King Louis XIV is amazing. Over pampered, majestic and a joy to watch. I love that it was directed by Alan Rickman too. He is a great director and the feel of the film is stunning. It’s smooth, passionate, dreamy but also very real and gritty.
Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory and Jennifer Ehle also make brilliant appearances. All extremely well cast, fantastic characters and 100% believable. I was so sad they were not in it more. Helen McCrory is always such a brilliant actress and is a great clue to how good the film is going to be. A very cunning and exploitative character and one to watch and enjoy. Plus her costumes were fantastic. All dark and a good indication to the character from sight alone.
A brilliant film and well worth seeing.