Effie Gray: Film Review


This real-life story is so very, very bleak, dismal and centres on a love triangle storyline that has been tried and tested many times. Dakota Fanning does a wonderful job in the role but I just wanted more – it was too meandering and not enough passion or hate or any type of wild emotion. It was just all too reserved and repressed for my liking, which is in keeping with the era but still not an awful lot of fun!

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Dakota Fanning on being Effie Gray


On Sunday night, Dakota Fanning was in London for the world premiere of her new movie Effie Gray. She plays the title character in this true story set in the Victorian period – she marries John Ruskin (Greg Wise), a man much older than her and totally emotionless and she suffers in this loveless marriage until she meets painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) and realises how different her life could be.

The film is Emma Thompson’s first original screenplay and the project was held up for years due to copyright infringement claims but it is now set for released on 10th October in the U.K. It currently has no release date in the U.S.

I was very gutted that Emma didn’t show because I absolutely love her but Tom made up for that by bringing his fiancee Sienna Miller. She didn’t do any interviews and he turned up very late so I didn’t get chance to chat with them.

However, I did grab a minute with the leading lady and here’s what she had to say:

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