I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

2.5 4
Director: Tim Fywell, Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Henry Thomas

Cast: Tim Fywell, Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Henry Thomas

     
 

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This quirky romantic comedy has been given a well-executed presentation for its North American release on DVD. I Capture the Castle is presented on disc in two transfers, one a letterboxed transfer in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), the other a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-screen

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This quirky romantic comedy has been given a well-executed presentation for its North American release on DVD. I Capture the Castle is presented on disc in two transfers, one a letterboxed transfer in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), the other a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and the dialogue is in English, with optional English language subtitles. Bonus material featured on this edition includes a commentary track from director Tim Fywell, an interview with leading lady Romola Garai, a selection of deleted footage, and trailers for this and other releases.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
I Capture the Castle starts out as a pleasant, engaging, and mildly amusing coming-of-age tale about a young woman growing up with a quirky family in an unusual setting. As the relationships between the characters become increasingly complicated, the film's mood becomes less effervescent and the story line becomes more melodramatic. The filmmaking seems a bit dispassionate despite the attempts to convey a sense of romantic delirium with an overdone score and flowery voice-over narration by the lead character, Cassandra Mortmain (Romola Garai). Fortunately, Garai gives an appealing performance and makes Cassandra seem sufficiently likeable to emotionally involve the audience in her struggle to cope with her intense feelings. Unfortunately, the actors in the various romantic couplings (potential or otherwise) don't have a lot of chemistry with each other, which undermines this aspect of the film. Also, the actors sometimes sound like they're reading a speech instead of speaking in a normal conversational tone; Marc Blucas in particular sounds like he needs to relax and worry less about projecting his voice. Still, this film is often appealing and charming even though it doesn't seem fully realized.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
We like these people, which is important, and we are amused by them, which is helpful, but most of all we envy them, because they negotiate their romantic perplexities with such dash and style.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
It's a rich, emotional story, a wonderfully appealing film made with humor and intelligence, but there is also something almost magical about how it takes the stuff of innumerable previous films -- love, romance and adolescent coming of age -- and turns them into something that feels one of a kind.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/23/2003
UPC:
0043396025943
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Contains both widescreen and full-screen presentations; Deleted scenes; Filmmaker's commentary; Interview with actress Romola Garai; Bonus trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Romola Garai Cassandra Mortmain
Rose Byrne Rose Mortmain
Henry Thomas Simon Cotton
Marc Blucas Neil Cotton
Bill Nighy James Mortmain
Tara Fitzgerald Topaz Mortmain
Sinéad Cusack Mrs. Cotton
Henry Cavill Stephen Colley

Technical Credits
Tim Fywell Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
B.S.C. Cinematographer
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Mark Cooper Co-producer
Bruce Davey Executive Producer
Keith Evans Executive Producer
Judy Farr Set Decoration/Design
Richard Greatrex Cinematographer
Kate Rhodes James Casting
John Paul Kelly Production Designer
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Mike Newell Executive Producer
David Parfitt Producer
Roy Sharman Editor
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Anant Singh Producer
Mike Stallion Art Director
Heidi Thomas Screenwriter
David M. Thompson Producer
Leigh Walker Art Director
Charlotte Walter Costumes/Costume Designer
Tricia Wood Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. The Mortmain Family
3. Nothing Coming in or Out
4. Simon & Neil Cotton
5. Flirtatious & Provocative
6. The Cake Knife Incident
7. The Inheritance
8. Bears Scavenging for Food
9. A Highly Intellectual Gathering
10. Not in Love With Simon
11. Seaside Barbecue
12. Dinner at the Castle
13. A Swim in the Moat
14. Simon Proposes
15. Pagan Rites
16. "You & the Night & the Music"
17. Cassandra's 18th Birthday
18. The Truth
19. A Letter From Rose
20. Flesh Fades
21. Dinner at the Dorchester
22. A Wicked Thing to Do
23. "I Don't Love You, Stephen"
24. Secrecy's the Essence of Creation
25. Back in Prison
26. Rose Runs Away
27. The Wedding
28. Wise Beyond Her Years
1. Start
2. The Mortmain Family
3. Nothing Coming in or Out
4. Simon & Neil Cotton
5. Flirtatious & Provocative
6. The Cake Knife Incident
7. The Inheritance
8. Bears Scavenging for Food
9. A Highly Intellectual Gathering
10. Not in Love With Simon
11. Seaside Barbecue
12. Dinner at the Castle
13. A Swim in the Moat
14. Simon Proposes
15. Pagan Rites
16. "You & the Night & the Music"
17. Cassandra's 18th Birthday
18. The Truth
19. A Letter From Rose
20. Flesh Fades
21. Dinner at the Dorchester
22. A Wicked Thing to Do
23. "I Don't Love You, Stephen"
24. Secrecy's the Essence of Creation
25. Back in Prison
26. Rose Runs Away
27. The Wedding
28. Wise Beyond Her Years

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I Capture The Castle 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somehow this movie makes me wonder if the directors/screenwriters had read the book at all when they made this movie. If you have to spend any money, spend it on the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have read the novel by Dodie Smith please indulge yourself in this movie, you won't be dissapointed. The movie illustrates Cassandra beautifully while still maintaining the flow of her journal entries. Although the ending will always dissapoint me, the movie sympathizes with Cassandra's situation. A commendeable movie that any one will enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF you have read the book, don't waste your time with the movie; with such a small resemblance to the classic and a movie that falls short of any direction....you'll find yourself asking the same question-' I can't believe I sat through the whole movie'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was enjoyable. I myself have not read the novel, so I don't know if it lives up to Dodie Smith's fan's expectations, but I know it lived up to mine. Although the ending is disappointing, this is definately a movie to sit through. Romula Garai gives a good performance as the youngest daughter of a struggling writer, and her fictional sister is perfect as the would-be socialite struggling with the bonds of poverty. My advice: don't go into it expecting too much, and don't nitpick it's shortcomings. Just enjoy it for what it is: a quirky comedy.