Review: ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ is a charming historical film

If you like historical romance movies, you’ll love “Mr. Malcolm’s List.” It’s not as exciting as other romance movies set in that era, but it’s still enjoyable.

Synopsis

In 19th century England, a wealthy young woman named Julia Thistlewaite engages in courtship with the Honorable Mr. Malcolm. When Julia doesn’t fit her list of qualities a bride-to-be must possess, she is enraged at the humiliation her rejection brings. Julia wants to find a way to settle accounts with Mr. Malcolm and his list.

what i liked

The plot is wonderful. One thing that I loved about the movie was how close it stayed to the book and how far it came out. The plot itself is charming and captivates your attention. It’s a film that isn’t very emotionally driven in its portrayal, but it still immerses you in the story.

It really puts you in the past without making it stuffy. You really feel like you’re in 19th century England throughout the film. From nature scenes to portraying everyday life, it really sets the bar high. It’s story-themed with a modern flair that makes it so likable.

What I didn’t like

The comic aspect of this film did not land. I knew where to laugh, but it didn’t make me laugh. The timing of the comedy parts just felt a beat too late, or just that you could just expect it to come.

The length of the movie. This movie somehow felt too long and too short at the same time. It missed important plot points and put in more filler scenes than necessary. I was getting a lot of content but not the substance I wanted.

Verdict

I’m surprised to say this, but to really enjoy this movie, I recommend not reading the book first. I feel like book-to-movie adaptations never quite live up to their predecessor, and that takes away from the fun of the movie. I really liked the movie, but it’s not something I would watch again; however, I would read it again.

I give “Mr. Malcolm’s List” a 5 out of 10.


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