Title: An Education
Director: Lone Scherfig
Lead: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard
Rated: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.
A coming of age story of a girl growing up in England in the 1960’s and how her life changes when she meets a man nearly twice her age.
I was very into this film. It caught me in the opening scene, it just has its own tone, and it owns it. Its a great story that we can all really relate to in some form, she questions the value of education. I know that I do that every morning when I wake up to go to school. This is a very good story, very well written. This film is so good that its hard to pin down exactly what makes it good. The acting is great, the cinematography is great, and the story is great, if you hit those all well, you really have something special on your hands, and that’s what “Education” is, special. I really liked how the director filmed this movie, every aspect that Carey’s character found boring in her life, had very gloomy lighting, but when she did something with Peter’s character, it was very vibrant and lively. Then after everything happened to Jenny, and she went back to her old professors house things were vibrant there too, almost like she realized the value of an education (pun intended). I really liked the last scene in this film, when she said “…I was asked to go to Paris, and I said, ‘I would love to go to Paris.’ like I had never been there before.” It kind of let the viewer know that she was starting over, and forgetting about the things that had happened to her in the past, it really closed the film up well for me. An Education is a great coming of age story, it will break your heart, but will seal it up at the end. This is a very fulfilling film, you wont regret seeing it by any means. Its fantastic, I went in with no expectations, and was more than satisfied, I was very into this film. It really illustrates that things are rarely ever what they seem, so back up everything with a good education. This film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards including, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress in Carey Mulligan, and Best Picture. 8 1/2 out of 10