Review: I Capture the Castle (2003)

All surface and no depth. I couldn’t have cared less about any of the characters in this romantic drama where no scene seemed longer than two minutes.

This coming-of-age romance set in a crumbling English castle in the 1930 really missed the mark for me. Romola Garai anchors the film with a solid performance as Cassandra Mortmain, a 17-year-old budding romantic contending with first love and her uber-eccentric father (Bill Nighy), a once prominent author with extreme writer’s block.

Unfortunately, what begins as a quirky coming-of-age drama quickly descends into straight soap opera when Cassandra falls in love with her sister’s fiance, played by an unconvincing Henry Thomas.  [** out of 5]

2 thoughts on “Review: I Capture the Castle (2003)

  1. I heart this film!
    Come on, the family all dressed in green; the ham being passed off as new; Rose’s hideous dress; Topaz’s need for release! I found the movie charming!
    I do agree about Henry Thomas, though.

  2. It’s a pity that the movie didn’t live up to the book. I remember thinking that the book was so sweet and quirky that it’d make a good movie. Oh well.
    At least I had the pleasure of reading the book long ago.

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