Sylvia (2003)

R   |    |  Biography, Drama, Romance

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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Christine Jeffs in Sylvia (2003)
  • Christine Jeffs and John Toon in Sylvia (2003)
  • Daniel Craig and Christine Jeffs in Sylvia (2003)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Christine Jeffs in Sylvia (2003)
  • Daniel Craig and Christine Jeffs in Sylvia (2003)
  • Christine Jeffs (left) and John Toon (right)

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27 January 2004 | andrewbattye375
Beautiful, but too short and too much left unsaid.
As a fan of the poet Ted Hughes, I went to an advanced screening of 'Sylvia' with some concerns on how he would be portrayed, especially since they changed the title from the original 'Sylvia and Ted'. I was pleased to see that in the film Hughes was not seen as a black dyed villian, as many feminists would have you believe. I thought Daniel Craigs portrayal was excellent ,his voice and muscular physique helped viewers understand what was so attractive about Hughes, although he is no where near as tall and handsome as the former poet-laureate . Paltrow was a very dark and depressing Sylvia, and I think the filmmakers should have payed more attention to just how happy they were during their 6 year marriage, and not just focused on Sylvia's jealousy and insecurity. I was also disappointed that there was no mention in the afterword of Assia's suicide and murder of their daughter Shura, or Sylvia's collected poems (edited and introduced by Hughes) going on to win the Pulitzer prize. I think of their romance as more epic and was dissapointed by the short running time but was pleased by the beautiful art-direction, cinematography and costumes. Also in treating such a touchy historical subject I would like to add that Hughes was not aware of Assia's pregnancy until after Sylvia's death and their sleeping together the night of her death was a complete falsehood. Sylvia Plath, while being a brilliant writer, was also a deeply disturbed and fragile woman having tryed to commit suicide at least twice before she ever met Hughes, and to suggest that his affair was responsible for her death is misleading. I think if the filmmakers were really concerned about telling the audience the story of Sylvia Plath they should of focused on her whole life, not just her marriage to Hughes, and if they were commited to the tragic love story they should of focused more on the passionate love and less on the jealousy and bitterness. 7/10.

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