HOWARDS END (BRITAIN 1992)

Ben Meyers’ rating— 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

Howards End—talk about drama, it’s slow as a snail—tells about the interaction between two wealthy British families. The storyline is complicated, but attempts to pull off a type of honesty that makes it realistically believable. It does perform at a higher level than many British dramas due to the high level casting of Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Storyline

The Schlegel sisters, Margaret (Emma Thompson) and Helen (Helena Bonham-Carter), live well. Helen Schlegel becomes engaged to Paul Wilcox (Joseph Bennett), son of a wealthy businessman; but later breaks the engagement. Later the Wilcox family takes a home across the street from the Schlegel’s house and the story is on as the two families interact.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director James Ivory for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Paul Bradley for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), Aunt Juley (Prunella Scales), Tibby Schlegel (Adrian Ross Magenty), Annie (Jo Kendall), Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins), and Charles Wilcox (James Wilby).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. For the ‘I LOVE British drama,’ the Emma Thompson, or Helen Bonham-Carter fans, the film may work.

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