(Short) Movie Review: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2022)

It seems most adaptations from books written in the late 1800s and early 1900s deal with a love triangle with all their secrets, passions, and contradictions. What these stories have that many new romance books don’t have is subtly. D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover has all the nuance a story should have. As with other love stories, this one had a somewhat predictable conclusion and nudity, to capture the audience whether through words or images. I haven’t seen any other movie adaptation than this one so I can’t compare and contrast. I can’t even compare and contrast it to the book because I haven’t read the book (shame, I know). What kept my interest for me was the acting of Emma Corrin as Lady Chatterley and Jack O’Connell as Oliver Mellors. Their chemistry on the screen felt realistic as we all know some actors and actresses fall very flat in love stories. The actor, Matthew Duckett, who played Sir Clifford Chatterley did a great job being an obstacle on the path of Lady Chatterley despite being married. The scenes between them were just as powerful as in Clifford gave his wife freedom to do what she wanted but there were limits. When these limits were discovered, the relationship between them radically changes. There’s a slow progression I hinted at before, so you don’t feel as if the director quickly zipped through the ups and downs of a hidden relationships. Of course, the camera shots of the English countryside were beautiful.

I rate Lady Chatterley’s Lover FOUR FINGERS at 90%.

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