Effie Gray is a drama set in the Victorian Age about a young woman, Effie, who married a famous art critic at the tender age of 19 before having an affair with her husband’s favorite artist.
It sounds like the husband is either insane, gay, or a bit of both. He marries the beautiful young Effie and refuses to consummate the marriage. After a period of time where Effie receives little to no affection, being essentially arm candy for her husband at social gatherings and nothing more, she catches the eye of John Everett Millais, a brilliant young artist who her husband has a special affinity for. The scandal that erupted from this real life story was quite epic, and captured the attention of much of England.
Effie Gray comes from director Richard Laxton, who doesn’t have a whole ton of feature film experience, though he has directed a few films including An Englishman in New York and Grow Your Own.
More interesting is the film was written by Oscar winner Emma Thompson. She’s better know as an actor than a writer, though she did win one of her two Oscars for writing the screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. She also won an Oscar for Best Actress for that film, so 1995 was a good year for her. Regardless, she has both beauty and talent. Much like myself.
Effie Gray Trailer
Effie Gray Release Date
October 10, 2014.
Who’s In It?
Emma Thompson . . . Lady Eastlake
Greg Wise . . . Ruskin
Dakota Fanning . . . Effie
Tom Sturridge . . . John Everett Millais
What’s Good About It?
Effie Gray seems like the kind of film Keira Knightley would have been in a few years back. But she’s too old now, so Dakota Fanning got it. Anyways, any film that makes me think about Keira a bit is a good film in my mind.
And Emma Thompson is in it and wrote it, so there’s every chance it’ll be quite good.
What’s Bad About It?
I like Dakota Fanning, but she’s no Keira.
Our Clever Prediction
Effie Gray doesn’t look like it’ll be a huge commercial hit, as it’s pretty dark, but if it gets some awards love, it might pick up steam and make some moolah. You never know.