Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

10.05PM, ABC ★

A dull, unin­spired and bitsy adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic 1945 novel by Eve­lyn Waugh. The fi lm­mak­ers were ob­vi­ously keen to avoid com­par­isons with the land­mark 1981 TV mini- se­ries, how­ever, re­duc­ing Waugh’s rich stew of wither­ing so­cial ob­ser­va­tion to a thin gruel of pretty pic­tures and slight melo­dra­mat­ics was not the way to go about it. Matthew Goode stars as a foppy so­cial climber whose achy- breaky heart be­longs to the sis­ter ( Hay­ley Atwell) of his gay best friend ( Ben Whishaw). Any­one familiar with the book knows there’s much more to the tale than what lit­tle makes the cut here.

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