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Sunset Song

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Serious period drama is picturesque but slow-moving.

Movie R 2016 135 minutes
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This film is beautiful to see but tedious to watch. Overly long at two hours and 15 minutes, it sloooowly charts the drudgery of Chris' life -- and then just as sloooowly shows her optimism when she finally becomes independent. Not much happens. She meets a man, they fall in love, life is good, then it gets harder. There are few surprises and even fewer events that really capture viewers' attention.

And then there's the last third of Sunset Song, which is a tonal shock. Long sequences are given over to pastoral shots of the countryside, with voice-overs about Chris' inner life that might have looked poetic on the page but are too mawkish for the screen. Nonetheless, Deyn's supremacy over the movie's meandering pace manages to wrestle it from the brink; its stunning cinematography does, too. But only just.

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