The Duchess (2008) - Biography, Drama, History

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A chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Saul Dibb
Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 19 out of 148 found boring (12.83%)

One-line Reviews (104)

Unfortunately the film became after the first hour predictable and monotonous; love stories appear either from Georgiana or from the duke.

"The Duchess" is a dazzling celebration of the weirdest and fascinating world of the eighteenth century's European aristocracy, through a lead, Georgiana Kavendish who, beyond her Duchess of Devonshire title was a real Queen of fashion, and the story manages to betray the very feeling provided by the art and costume design by depicting this world as a golden prison endured by the heroine, played by Keira Knightley in a performance that should have earned her an Oscar nomination.

Fiennes and Rampling, on the other hand, are amazing, especially the former's apparently cold but really entertaining and moving performance - if Bill Murray did period dramas, it would look a lot like that.

It is too long.

But, in "The Duchess", an entertaining and moving portrait of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, she truly shows signs that she is coming of age with a performance of subtlety and nuance.

Unfortunately, The Duchess appears to be quite an underrated film considering the gripping tragic true tale it offers.

Why would anyone think of her bland duchess as a fashion plate?

Whiles the story isn't the most engaging, it is well directed by Saul Dibb and is an entertaining piece that reflects the social works and aristocracy of the time.

The story is a little uneventful, with some parts feeling as though they were skimmed over(the political life) or only briefly explored, and the pacing can be pedestrian.

Compelling and Layered Costume Drama .

Save your money and watch it on HBO.

As a personality The Duchess of Devonshire is banal and the antithesis of compelling.

This is a serious and fascinating movie worth watching for it's depiction of marriage in its time period and for good performances from Keira and Ralph.

A lot of people think of British period drama as stuffy and boring, a reputation it occasionally does something to deserve, but history is anything but dull, and if you were under the impression that the past was a place of strong moral values and happy marriages that has given way to our current immoral society full of single parents and extramarital affairs, think again.

The real Georgiana was a dynamic individual very active in the social and political movements of the day, yet here we are provided merely with a cliched and predictable lightweight romantic melodrama.

Charles / Duke are both dull (in most ways that word can be defined), plodding remnants of a once powerful royalty who would have risen to not a quantum of the power they possessed if left to their own devices.

The other comparison, of the both of them in "Duchess", is even more fascinating.

She only marries him so that she could bore him a son.

Dibb follows this form of unexpected intimacy and insight with commentary about celebrity and how little the adoring public truly knows about their icons.

An underrated gripping, tragic, true must see tale .

Stunning Bath .

Even when Bess Foster is a supporting role, it is a more complex character and offers some of the few non-cliché elements in the movie – her prime motivation for betraying her best friend is her absolutely unwavering determination to see her kids (something only the powerful Duke can help her with).

Generally, I thought the film was riveting and would recommend anyone to see this film even if you don't think 'it's your sort of film'.

Fantastically gripping, non-period, period film...

Even the usually infallible charm of English buildings and landscapes suffers severely from the general lack of character: the countryside is shapeless, neither sunny nor cloudy, hour and season are nondescript, and Palladian architecture looks wearisome and predictable - you can't endlessly revisit the staircase of Holkham Hall throughout the movie and escape boredom.

She appears in almost every scene as Georgiana, an intriguing figure in royal history.

The film offers convincing actors and beautiful costumes as well as a gripping plot that is clearly well paced for enough time for us to get to know he characters, relate to them and most of importantly care about Georgianna's life.

I was not disappointed on either count, but something made it move incredibly slow, and seem incredibly long-winded, when it didn't have to be.

All the romance and all the characters were drab.

Enjoyable, not boring in any way, but just a little slow for my liking.

Worth watching!

The overall production is good, but very slow and very little T&A (the royalty stories are sometimes good for that too.

I was more interested in the Duke's story (and his mistress's story) than in the dull, poor-little-rich-girl duchess.

Sure enough, the script does well to put character and themes of love and regret in the forefront of focus in order to tell a story of humanity rather than history, yet in direct contrast with this year's much more engaging The Other Boleyn Girl, this outing feels emotionally mundane.

Though I must admit I tend to like a slow burn romance, the film still seemed somewhat driven.

Drag Out Your Period Garb for Another Uninspired Stroll Through History .

A very entertaining film about the aristocracy in Britain before the Industrial Revolution.

KEIRA KNIGHTLY plays this role with courage and grace of beauty harmony of form and is in stunning makeup.

Here practically nothing happens from a historical aspect.

To say that much of the genre as a result is usually unfairly deemed as dry to the point of uselessness would be somewhat of an understatement; in fact the vast majority of such films, although slow and exceedingly dry, usually make up for their blandness in story with well rounded, memorable and exciting characters.

In the scenes that he is in, Fiennes is engaging.

Pointless, next time i would much rather turn it off halfway through because nothing at all satisfactory happened.

What a boring life!

This is a slow deliberate burn.

Dull, dreary and utterly disposable, The Duchess is as boring as the genre gets, and while there are some good elements present, they fail to mesh coherently to disguise the fact that the script has no intrinsic value inherent in its thin, formulaic design.

In spite of that,The Duchess is a satisfactory and,with some exceptions,very entertaining movie which could keep me interested.

I found her to be believable and compelling as a woman who heroically asserted herself in the male-dominated society of the time.

The costumes and sets are stunning in their elegance and appropriateness, as is the believable love that future Prime Minister Grey (yes, he actually becomes Prime Minister) and the Duchess feel for one another, even when forced apart by society and their own lives.

Apart from the main characters, there appear a rich selection of characters from neighbouring strata of society - aristocrats, political activists, servants and children (as babies and older) both legitimate and illegitimate - all of whom contribute to weaving the screenplay into an immensely fascinating narrative.

The story is a tragic tale that looks absolutely stunning.

Worth watching!

The set designs, interior decorations, scenery, makeup and costumes are stunning.

Accompanied by a stunning soundtrack, set on the beautiful backdrop of 18th century Devonshire, Keira Knightley pulls off one of the best performances in her career.

But how did the director manage to turn a rattling good political/social story set at a time of great unrest in all of Europe and slow it down to a trudge through the sludge?

The best part about the movie is that it never lets you bore because the story is so intriguing that you are completely hooked to it.

Knightley's gripping, powerful, and incredibly strong portrayal of one of the strongest characters ever depicted on film is spellbinding.

Kiera truly held her own as Georgina and was absolutely stunning.

I would definitely say you should see this, it is gripping, it captures every one of your emotions, makes you think, it is everything a time piece should be and more.

Stunning .

Costume period dramas are a constant bore so why should I spend my time unclothing this one literally style.

Lady Spencer (Charlotte Rampling) coaxes the marriage of her beautiful daughter Georgiana (Keira Knightley) to marry the very wealthy Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes), a rather boring dog lover whose only interest in 'purchasing' a wife is to gain a male heir.

The Duchess of Devonshire was indeed a fascinating woman, and Knightley manages to convey the impression of a woman learning about motherhood, marriage, and love as she matures from a young girl to a strong woman.

Though running well below two hours, the film felt much longer because of repetitive party scenes that only serve to make us hate Fiennes more and further build other relationships in the film.

In my mind, The Duchess would play a fantastic role in a Bud Light commercial where the men sneak beer into the theater, high-five, and drink to stave off boredom.

Overall, 'The Duchess' is a decent costume drama that is stunning to look at.

However, it redeemed itself by being visually stunning.

Much smarter than one would expect from a girl sent off to become a Duchess for the sole purpose of conceiving a male heir, Georgiana is a fascinating woman.

I have learned not to ever judge a book by its cover, the same with films; just because a poster makes the movie look intriguing, doesn't mean that it actually is.

Also, the story is completely predictable.

She really was much more fascinating than depicted in the film.

As I always love movies that base on true stories, I truly think that if this reflects precisely the life of the Duchess, her life, I dare say, boring.

I still wonder why the film was overlooked by the Academy, except for a lousy art direction and costume design nomination (a deserved win) when the epic "Benjamin Button" bore garnered much more accolades, I guess the film didn't have much more a drama except for the constant evolution in the relationship between the Duchess and the Duke of Devonshire.

I always find that films too forced and pretentious.

She looked stunning, nailed of the corsets and acted marvelously.

She bedded a future Prime Minister and bore his illegitimate child.

Here comes Georgina Cavendish, bringing with her enough emotional baggage to overload a convoy of ships, in an intriguing and engaging period piece movie.

I saw the love interest of the Dutchess, not in terms of an undeniable passion, but more as an attempt to snatch some shred of joy for herself in a life empty of love.

The rest is uneventful and is summarized in a few paragraphs at the end of the film, which I lack the enthusiasm to repeat here.

The Duchess of Devonshire is the perfect character for her to play, and it's obvious Keira immersed herself in the role, and completely understood every single motivation of her character.

The story is objectively compelling, but subjectively mundane.

Compelling story of royalty and deception.

I must have blacked out from repeatedly banging my head against the empty seat in front of me.

Keira Knightley's period drama for the year 2008 is a well-crafted one, but lacking in anything new and exciting.

Yet a truce and intriguing mutual respect is formed between the two women, linked by the man who Georgiana refers to as "our husband".

"But this one is different (and just as good), because the compelling story involves real people, including the title character who is an ancestor of Diana Spenser, the late Princess of Wales.

Yet he knew that handling this power could have enormous repercussions on his political, social, and personal lives, and the burden was at times unbearable.

Visually stunning, if lacking in the story .

For one sight,there are some boring moments which add nothing to the story,so they could have easily been edited.

An entertaining film which promises much for the future .

If you like period dramas this is certainly worth watching; even if it isn't your favourite genre you may find yourself enjoying it; I know I did.

On the one hand, Saul Dibb has managed to turn a book into an entertaining film about the trials and tribulation - and, let's keep things in perspective, extremely privileged life - of the frolicking Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley).

Featuring two very strong leads, outstanding tech, and a gripping script, The Duchess is a spellbinding film that showcases a ton of talent and really knows how to show off.

It's a very straight forward film, like watching the life and times of someone unfold in chronology, and those looking for some satisfying, compelling drama with deep tussles involving heart and soul, might want to look elsewhere instead.

The script is well written and gripping, and the direction is fairly good.

Overall, a highly entertaining film.

Still, the locations, I repeat, are breathtaking and "The Duchess" can be seen if you don't expect to be other than an spectator.

That aside a most enjoyable and absorbing movie, shot in the most gorgeous of stately homes (sets?

The witty and emotive script has a lot to recommend it and its characters are put into an engrossing and lavish world, successfully created by the director Saul Dibb.

It's a gripping story of depression, loyalty, and ultimately, the choices people make.

Anyone looking for an entertaining film won't be.

The script is also boring and tiring as it was cut suddenly in various scenes which should have been longer or contain more dialogue.

Beautiful but slow.

The set design, as one would expect, is stunning.

He is the kind of guy that just walks away from the group when he is done or bored, he doesn't have to explain himself.