ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Stonehearst Asylum

Updated on February 10, 2016
Source

Have you ever set your beer back onto the bar and wondered "is ‘love at first sight’ really such a crazy idea after all?" They do often say, “love will make you do crazy things.”

The personality twists and turns of Stonehearst Asylum flip flops perspective and tells both your heart and mind to behave irrationally.

Stonehearst Asylum, originally titled Eliza Graves, was released in 2014 and received an honorable 4/5 stars on Netflix and an impressive 6.8/10 stars on IMDB.com.

Before even watching the movie, I must say that these ratings do not seem the least bit questionable when you see the cast: Kate Beckinsale, David Thewlis (Harry Potter fans), Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and one of my favorite actors, Jim Sturgess. In mentioning this personal fact of mine, I would be remiss if I did not recommend the movie Across the Universe to… well, literally everyone. (Jim Sturgess is phenomenal and Joe Anderson is phenomenal!)

Getting back to Stonehearst Asylum, the story begins with a demonstration in an Oxford class. The class is learning about different physiological afflictions, the focused one being hysteria. The girl in question, Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale), insists to the class that she is not crazy and begs for anyone to help her. This begins to set the tone of the story, and you wonder just how dark it will be.

The movie then moves forward to Stonehearst, an asylum that appears to be offering new and revolutionary care for its clientele. Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) is looking to learn the practices fromthe lead doctor- who is ironically off put Newgate’s interest in the field. What Newgate soon learns (not a spoiler) is that the real doctors are locked in the basement and the patients are all running the show. It then becomes his new mission to take Eliza Graves and escape with her.

At first, the viewer is surprised to see that Eliza does not want to go, which is where the poetry of the story begins. I am no doctor. In my very limited knowledge I will describe hysteria as a "mental illness" invented by men that only woman have. "Back in the day" woman who feared molestation were considered to be well... obviously insane. Then, of course the obvious cure of this fear was to molest said woman as often as possible. Eliza along with her fellow patients felt that the methods of curing them were insane and the story forces the audience to wonder which group of people really are the crazy.

I cannot go into much more detail without giving too much away so I won’t. To put it simply, this movie is brilliant, and you should watch it. To be completely honest, I don’t know if I would consider it to be horror/ suspense, thriller/mystery, a dark comedy or a Gothic romance. It is either all or none of the above.

Looking at ancient Greek theater, a play was a comedy when no one died, and a drama was basically everything else. So maybe I’ll just say it’s a drama. I personally find it amusing that, like the minds of its "crazy characters," this move does not seem to pick a category and stick with it.

Stonehearst Asylum is that movie where the sadness is entirely beautiful, and the ending, though you can’t really decide if it’s happy or sad, makes you smile. You will get that satisfied feeling of "Okay, this was worth it."

The move could be considered slow moving. Also, there are no jump scares. As with most cases, the crazy was… worth it! I give “Stonehearst Asylum” a random rating of 5/5 stars; one of the best endings I have ever seen. “Check mate.”

Survey Time!

What Random Rating would you give Stonehearst Asylum?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)