Tuesday, May 5, 2015
“A du Maurier Thriller with a whiff of Downton” (The New York Times) - This sweeping period piece stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Matthew McNulty (The Paradise). Set in Cornwall in 1821, du Maurier’s classic gothic tale of romance, intrigue, and murder on the moors comes to vivid life in this stunning BBC production. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Call the Midwife, The Other Boleyn Girl) and adapted by Golden Globe® nominee Emma Frost (The White Queen, Shameless), the miniseries also stars Joanne Whalley (Willow, Wolf Hall), Sean Harris (The Borgias), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Harry Potter) (DVD Single). Also available on Acorn TV.
I thought this was an excellent Gothic thriller. Set in 1821, the story follows Mary Yellan, a girl who was left an orphan after her mother dies. She goes to live her Aunt Patience and her husband Joss at the Jamaica Inn. It turns out the inn is not your every day hotel for tourists. Her uncle uses it as a front for a smuggling business. Though she wants to get away, she finds herself falling for Joss' younger brother, whose known as a horse thief. She wants to confess to the young priest she befriends, but she'd afraid she's in too deep.
I never read the book and I haven't seen the Alfred Hitchcock version, but I enjoyed this movie so much, I'm going to look for them both. I found it thrilling and intriguing from beginning the end, though the romance did feel a little rushed. The acting was stellar and the set and costumes were realistic. You can grab a copy of this fantastic DVD for yourself at Acorn Media or on Amazon.