Vanity Fair (2004) 1080p YIFY Movie

Vanity Fair (2004) 1080p

Vanity Fair is a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, and James Purefoy. Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

IMDB: 6.20 Likes

  • Genre: Drama |
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 2.68G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 141
  • IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 4 / 1

The Synopsis for Vanity Fair (2004) 1080p

The British Empire flowers; exotic India colors English imaginations. Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for 20 years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquess who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes.


The Director and Players for Vanity Fair (2004) 1080p

[Director]Mira Nair
[Role:]Romola Garai
[Role:]Reese Witherspoon
[Role:]James Purefoy
[Role:]Jonathan Rhys Meyers


The Reviews for Vanity Fair (2004) 1080p


Great film, if you haven't read the bookReviewed bywjficklingVote: 8/10

This is an entertaining movie that goes over two hours, but I really don't understand why it was made. Sprawling stories spanning several decades with several subplots involving dozens of characters are totally defensible on the printed page, where we can always go back and remind ourselves which character is which and how this character is related to that one. But this type of thing makes no sense whatsoever in a film. Unless a viewer has a phenomenal memory, such a story on film invariably leads to confusion and to my asking myself, "now wait a minute, whose brother is this, and whose son?"

So that is one of the principal problems with this film.

There are several other problems as well. Reese Witherspoon is badly miscast. She simply lacks Becky Sharp's bite. In fact, the whole film lacks Thackeray's bite. Reese does a good job with the British accent, but it just doesn't work. She is just too American for the role. Weren't there any British actresses available, or were the producers just relying on Reese's star power? Reese is just too nice to play Becky.

It has often been said that Becky Sharp was the model for Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," although Margaret Mitchell denied this. Even so, I kept visualizing Vivien Leigh in this role and imagining how perfect she would have been. I think Mira Nair was thinking of GWTW as well, because there are several scenes in the film that are obvious homages to it. First there are the battle scenes during the Battle of Waterloo, followed by a panoramic view of the carnage following the battle, complete with corpses strewn all over the battlefield. This was an obvious homage to the crane shot over Atlanta in GWTW. The final fight between Becky and her husband reminded me of the final fight between Scarlett and Rhett in GWTW. I half expected the husband to say "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Another flaw involves the Indian director Nair's inability to resist bringing in some Bollywood type scenes, particularly one involving Becky leading an Indian type dance, with Indian music, before the king, no less, and to thunderous applause.

And yet another thing: this film spans at least twenty, maybe twenty-five or thirty, years in Becky's life after she graduates from finishing school--I am not counting the one scene of her as a child--yet the character never ages. Neither do any of the other characters. Maybe the makeup staff went on strike?

But most of these problems won't even be noted by someone who hasn't read the book, so if you haven't, go ahead and see it; you'll probably be entertained. And if you are someone like me who loves the book, you may not be able to resist seeing it anyway. But Thackeray was never so soft.

Too long and too much to stick to the wallReviewed bygregsrantsVote: 2/10

Can a movie ever benefit from a lack of marketing? I wondered this to myself as I sat in the theatre about 40 minutes before Vanity Fair was about to be viewed. As the audience began trickling in, I could not help but notice the age of the paying parties. On average, Joe-Q public consisted on this day of mostly teenage girls anywhere from 13-16 years of age.

I knew what to expect in Vanity Fair before the curtains rolled up, so it fueled my query as I wondered if those hard earned teenage dollars knew that they were about to sit through a period piece set in London in early 19th century. I think not. The lack of television overexposure and the fact that corset-wearing aristocrats were not on a Burger King soda cup had me believe that the audience was there (primarily) due to Reese Witherspoon's name which appeared above the title.

I did not question any of the patrons at the conclusion of the screening. I did not hide in the lobby to hear their comments. But based on my observations during the dimmed light phase, I think that the movie was generally not what was expected. I base this solely on the number of times these teenage girls left the theatre, either in singles or in hunting packs, for periods of time that was anywhere from a moment to what might end up being a couple of chapters on a DVD. They seemed restless no matter which clique they belonged. They did not get the few but poignant humorous scenes. And when the credits began to show at the films conclusion, they remained in their seats speechless like a child who opens a big box at Christmas only to find a neatly folded sweater sitting at its bottom.

Can't blame them really. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), Vanity Fair was something of a miss. Starring Witherspoon as Becky Sharp, a daughter of a starving artist who seems to fight and claw her way up the social ladder by either being in the right place at the right time or aligning herself with the appropriate aristocrats to push her one step closer to the perch of societal acceptance, Vanity Fair tries to hard for too long to be something that it is not.

Possibly wanting to be a softer Dangerous Liaisons, we watch as Becky leaves school, becomes a firecracker of knowledge, marries a gambler, gets propositioned by the Marquess and eventually gives birth to a child that she gives up without argue. Throw in many subplots consisting of overbearing fathers, a love not realized and major characters getting killed in wars throughout Europe, and it might seem like too much for just one film. Nope.

Clocking in at 137 minutes, Nair takes her time in having the movie methodically move like molasses going the wrong way on an on-ramp. We jump ahead in time at random (once going 12 years later) in a tired attempt at throwing everything to a wall and hoping that more than a few things stick.

Witherspoon will survive. Her comedic wit and attraction to the younger audiences will ensure another hit before long. Whom I feel for is the always-misused Gabriel Byrne. In 1990's Miller's Crossing and again in 1995's The Usual Suspects, Byrne showed us what he could do with good material. As the Marquess of Steyne, he rises above the mediocre role and shines as the helpful but with motive art enthusiast that takes a liking to the young Sharp. His screen time, however, is so long in coming and so surrounded by uninteresting characters and dialogue, that even he can't lift the film an extra half star.

So now that it is over, I don't know who was better off ? the teenagers who got something that they could probably see in school in a few months or someone like me who went in hoping to see Reese rise to the top of her craft in a career move that seemed timed just right. I think the teens got off easy.

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Vanity Fair Tries In VainReviewed bykatydid4819Vote: 2/10

Vanity Fair is a beautiful mess. It combines the beauty of elegant costumes, sets and people with the disaster that is Mira Nair's adaptation of William Makepeace Thackery's novel. Not only is the adaptation bad but also so is what Nair has done with it. If you read the book, the movie will break your heart. It has completely ripped to shreds the pages of the classic story.

If you haven't read the book and intend to waste your money on the film, I would recommend that first you read a couple of plot summaries of the novel. Otherwise, you may be very lost through no fault of your own but because there is no defining plot in the film. There are no central conflicts presented and it's not until about two thirds of the way through that you have at least an idea of what is trying to be done here. Even then, it is unclear. Reese Witherspoon plays Becky Sharp, a social climber. Vanity Fair is supposed to be her story but instead, it is crowded by a confusing and unnecessary cast of supporting characters. I suppose Vanity Fair is a story about love but also about how the social class system can create a barrier between people. If this was the intended idea the supporting cast would be needed but Vanity Fair is supposed to be about Becky Sharp and the movie is far too much of an ensemble piece for that to be the case.

Mira Nair's direction is too present. She throws in too much of herself with the scenes about India and actually in India. Where the hell is the point? There just seem to be times when Nair thought it was okay to throw in another shot of an elephant's ass or belly dancers or India food.

Speaking of unwanted, Reese's second child was not credited in the closing credits but is in every scene Reese is. Witherspoon and the crew seemed to think they could hide the fact that she was pregnant by putting her in big clothes but that didn't work. She still looks pregnant and it ruins the effect the clothes should have had. It also puts the movie out of sequence. In one scene Reese is very large and in the next you can only see her belly if you look for it.

Vanity Fair could have been brilliant. The material is there, Reese bring to the table the range that we have come to expect from her and a performance that could have taken her places if it had been used better. But the fact remains that there are too many moments where ends just don't meet and the audience is confused to the point where the film can't rely on its pretty scenery to distract from its larger flaws. *1/2 out of *****

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