I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

2.5 4
Director: Tim Fywell

Cast: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Henry Thomas

     
 

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Based on the novel by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmatians), director Tim Fywell's comic romance follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain (Romola Garai) and her quirky family as they attempt to make the best of their meager existence in a crumbling English castle. While her father (Bill Nighy) has been struggling for over a decade to repeat the success of his debut novel,See more details below

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Based on the novel by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmatians), director Tim Fywell's comic romance follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain (Romola Garai) and her quirky family as they attempt to make the best of their meager existence in a crumbling English castle. While her father (Bill Nighy) has been struggling for over a decade to repeat the success of his debut novel, her beautiful sister Rose (Rose Byrne) frequently voices her displeasure with their current situation, and nudist stepmother Topaz (Tara Fitzgerald) proves little help at much of anything. The arrival of American landlord Simon Cotton (Henry Thomas) and his brother Neil (Marc Blucas) provides a glimmer of hope as the initially repelled Rose soon takes a liking to Simon and the two arrange to marry. Lost in the chaotic shuffle of marriage plans and increasingly complicated relationships, the hapless Cassandra soon begins to blossom into womanhood as she experiences aspects of life that were heretofore unknown to her.

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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:
07/03/2012
UPC:
0043396405028
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:
14,903

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Commentary ; Interview with Ramola Garai

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

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