Currently appearing on the big screen looking distinctly uncomfortable in superhero Spandex in Watchmen, Matthew Goode seems much more at ease in Oxford bags in this film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. He plays Charles Ryder, a middle-class Oxford undergraduate in the 1920s who becomes infatuated with the offspring of an aristocratic Catholic family – wayward Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw) and his headstrong sister Julia (Hayley Atwell). Director Julian Jarrold’s handsomely filmed adaptation moves along at a brisk clip compared with the glacial pace of the legendary 1981 TV series, but the compression does distort some of Waugh’s themes and his cast can’t compete with their illustrious small-screen predecessors – played, of course, by Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews and Diana Quick. (Released 9th March)
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