A Story About A Girl
An intriguing story about a girl who goes through love, heart ache, and triumph. "An Education" follows a young British high school girl, Jenny (Carey Mulligan), whom falls in love with a middle age man, named David (Peter Sarsgaard). David is a bit of a playboy, who enjoys the fast pace world of modern art and mingling among some of Europe's most prestigious events. What starts off as a perfect love story between a young sixteen year old girl and a elderly gentleman, soon turns into a harsh reality that Jenny can't even fathom. Almost giving up her dreams of pursuing an education, at Oxford, to be with David, but only to realize what's truly important. Realizing that David isn't all what he appears to be. At first he seemed like the most charming man in the world, only to be discovered that he's nothing more than a fake. Needless to say, this causes Jenny to seriously reevaluate her situation. When I first saw this movie, I didn't quite know what to even expect. However, "An Education" has to be one of the most emotionally driven films, I've ever seen.
Featuring solid performances from Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alfred Molina (Jack). Each actor adding much needed depth to their characters perfectly. Carey coming off as the charming, sweet, intelligent, artistic yet amazingly naive young girl that immediately captures the hearts of the audience to follow her. It's through her journey of young love, that the audience is able to see just how truly intelligent and artistic she is, but amazed how naive she can be, when a fast talking "Don Juan" type sweeps her off her feet. Similar to how we all are when we're young, as we often tend to make mistakes in life. Seeking for the easy and more glamorous choice when it's available, without considering the consequences for our actions. Indeed, Jenny isn't that dissimilar to a lot of us when we were young.
Alfred Molina plays the would be naive father, whom only wants the best for his daughter by pushing her constantly to go to Oxford University. Yet even he gets swept up by David's sweet talk of promising his daughter a better future , by forgoing her aspirations to attend Oxford, and marrying him instead. Recklessly, Jack tells Jenny to abandon her dreams of being a Oxford student, to pursue a lavished life being married to a playboy. Only then, to find himself baffled as he tries to be a mature father to his daughter, after failing to realize the consequences of her actions. This creates an internal conflict that eerily resembles how most parents can be in life. How parents will often want nothing, but the best for their children. Yet they don't always know what's best for them at times, as even they can make mistakes.
Even Peter Sarsgaard does a great job bringing a smooth charismatic charm to his character, but leaving just enough foreshadowing to allow for the audience to suspect there's something not quite right about him.
Although the film does tend to fall into a few cliches around the ending, it's still a very powerful and character driven movie. As screen writer, Nick Hornby, does what he does best when writing great stories out like "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity." Which is create a wonderful story that immerses the audience into the world he creates with such a natural and authentic feeling. Leaving the viewer not only being able to feel what the characters are going through, but a deep emotional connection to them as well.
"An Education" is definitely one of the most inspiring films of the year, as it shows how one girl over comes adversity after getting her heart broken and almost losing everything. Nick Hornby does an excellent job creating a great story for anyone to love, and the acting performances were nothing short of brilliant. Overall, I would highly recommend this film for those wanting to see a great coming of age story about a girl.