Movies

Movie Review of The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall by Nick Morris and Laurence Connor (Directors) Cammeron Mackintosh, Dione Orrom, and Brett Sullivan (Producers)

Type: Musical, Romance, Thriller

Basic Plot: A girl named Christine is the romantic obsession of a man that lives underneath an opera. As he stalks her, she falls in love with her childhood friend, Raoul, and the “Phantom of the Opera” decides he has to take more and more drastic measures to keep Christine.

Quality

Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story follows the book more accurately than most movies, but is still very different in some ways. Some characters are also removed or given less importance. The spirit of the book was captured in some ways, and the roles of the characters were still the same. Some of the story was just inaccurate.

Acting: 4½/5 Amazing: This is probably one of the better acted versions of Phantom of the Opera I have seen. Christine (Sierra Bogess) didn’t stare off into nowhere land like several other ladies that have played her in the past. The main characters were all expressive in the body and voice, and secondary and minor characters were believable.

Costumes and Scenery: 4½/5 Excellent: The costumes were outstanding, having a lot of variety and being a good quality. The song Masquerade probably had the most amazing costumes.

The scenery was simple, but good for most scenes. There was usually not a need to be elaborate. The only odd thing was that sometimes there was a pre-recorded scene in the background to make backgrounds or pictures for certain situations. This was sometimes natural and understandable, but it could also be seen as cheesy or lazy.

Music: 4/5 The characters had stronger and more operatic voices than some versions, but this also made certain characters sound like they were yelling at each other at times. The Phantom probably had this problem the most. Other than that though, the singing was beautiful and clear.

Moral: 2/5 A Mostly Unclear Moral: The moral seems to be what love for someone else can do, as Christine’s eventual pity and love for the Phantom cause him to let her go. Though the moral is a bit cliché seeming, it is true that love can change others, which is why God says in the Bible to love our enemies and those that treat us unwell, as well as unsaved spouses.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I recommend this musical in quality, and I believe girls and women from thirteen to adults would enjoy it in quality best.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3½/5 Quite Suggestive: There are statues on stage that include women’s bare chest, some covered by grabbing hands, and a far off statue that shows a naked man, though with the latter it is hard to see detail. There are chairs with what appears to be shirtless women on them. Ballet dancing is done that shows women’s legs in tights, sometimes up past the knee. Dresses on women are low in the front and back and show off their arms and shoulders. There is one brief shot of a woman’s underwear over tights shown as she changes her skirt. A woman changes behind a screen onstage, and her shoulders are seen. A man is seen once shirtless. A woman cheats on her husband in an opera. In an opera, a man attempts to kiss a woman’s hand, but fails to. A man hugs and holds a woman he is not married to. Non-married characters kiss, hug, and hold each other, and some of the kisses may be seen as a bit passionate. During an opera, a man grabs at a woman’s skirts and caresses and embraces are among the characters. Someone is called a “dark seducer.” A man makes a suggestive comment once. Two men believe a man and woman have slept together, though they haven’t. The Music of the Night is a slightly suggestive song, though nothing sexual or inappropriate happens. Past the Point of No Return was beyond suggestive and was inappropriate in some of its lyrics, and the characters caress each other throughout the song. Don Juan Triumphant had some immodest references as well. A woman wonders if a man will assault her, but he doesn’t really answer if he will or not besides saying his ugliness has “denied” him such things.

Lyrics to The Music of the Night, Past the Point of No Return, and Don Juan Triumphant can be found here:

The Music of the Night: http://www.metrolyrics.com/music-of-the-night-lyrics-phantom-of-the-opera.html

Past the Point of No Return: http://www.metrolyrics.com/past-the-point-of-no-return-lyrics-phantom-of-the-opera.html

Don Juan Triumphant: http://www.metrolyrics.com/don-juan-lyrics-phantom-of-the-opera.html

Violence: 2/5 Some Violence: A man smacks a whip at the ground in a ballet dance. A man is choked to death and hung over a bridge. A man grabs a woman’s neck in a choking way, though does not choke her. A woman smacks a man with sheet music. A man shoots at another man, and one man shoots when he is frightened.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2/5 Light Swearing and Taking God’s Name in Vain: Forms of “damn” are misused four times. “Hell” is misused twice. God’s name is taken in vain seven times, and possibly once in Italian. A character says when angry, “If you can call this sh- ‘gibberish’ art.”

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Some Emotional and Possibly Disturbing Content: The plot revolves around a man stalking a woman and trying to manipulate her into loving him. The creepiest part of this is probably the fact that he is telling her that he was either sent by her father from heaven or is her father so that she won’t leave him. A man’s face is disfigured and may disturb some people, though the disfigurement is not so much as a realistic horror movie makeup as a very fancy Halloween costume makeup. A man threatens to hang another man if a girl woman does not agree to marry him. A woman sings about missing her dead father. Dummies hang on ropes to represent dead men that have been hung. A woman holds a man’s decapitated head, which is covered in blood. A man pretends to choke himself and jestingly describes what he believes the phantom looks, as well as how the phantom could hurt some girls. Statues have faces grimacing in a potentially scary or disturbing manner. A man is told that if he shoots, he should, “shoot to kill.” A man sells skulls and a poster with flames in the background at an auction. Costumes include skulls and skeletons. Women verbally warn, worry, and ask about a man’s murderous ways. Death is mentioned in speech. Characters scream in fear. A bunch of scenery collapses while a woman is screaming and frightens people. A man talks about his mother’s lack of love for him.

Religious Issues: 1/5 Suggestive: A chandelier is sold in an auction in lot 666. A woman wears a costume that may be a demon costume but it may be just a dark creature or fairy of some kind. People are called “demon” as an insult. In an opera, some characters say a lady is “bound for Hades” for loving a man besides her husband. A man calls himself “the angel of hell” “angel of darkness” or the “angel of death” at least once each, either by himself or others. A woman calls a man her “fallen idol” when she is angry at him. In a song, a girl is referred to as “the sacrificial lamb.”

Magic: 1/5 Suggestive: “Haunt” is used to describe the way a man acts, and “haunted” is used for descriptive purposes. Goblins and ghouls are briefly mentioned. A man is referred to as a “phantom,” “spectre,” and “ghost.” There is a brief mention of conjurors. Pandora, a character in a mythological tale, is briefly mentioned. A man calls himself a “gargoyle who burns in hell” for self insult. A man is believed to have a “magical lasso” (though there is a lasso, nothing is shown that it is magical.) Characters worry the phantom will curse the opera house. A man is able to make flames appear in random places. A piano plays on its own. Characters wear costumes with skeletons and skulls in them, as well as costumes that may appear to be fairy costumes or slightly magical. No magic is done in the musical as far as it’s known, as many versions and the original show that the supposedly magical things that are done through

Others: Guitars and drums are played in the song Phantom of the Opera. Characters dance, usually in ballet style, and dancing is mentioned in speech. A man smokes at least once. Wine is mentioned at least once in speech. One of the costumes in a character wears to a masquerade ball is half a man’s outfit and half a woman’s. A girl plays the part of a boy in an opera that is being performed, and she and another woman pretend to kiss behind a fan.

Overall: 3½/5 Almost Teenager Appropriate: Because of suggestive sexual content, I wouldn’t really recommend this movie. If one did want to watch it, I would recommend they be at least sixteen.

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Books

Book Review of Fahrenheit 451

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Type: Classic, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Basic Plot: Guy Montag is a fireman that is paid by the government to set homes on fire if the occupants have committed the ultimate sin against society, owning a book. As he meets different people that do not conform to the shallow society he lives in, he starts to wonder if he has been wasting his life.

Quality

Plot: 4½/5 Amazing: The plot contained a interesting characters, a good ending, but left room for wonder. The characters were realistic and revealed the state of society. The vanity and selfishness of the entertainment is shown in the characters. The ending of the story was much more positive than the average dystopian novel. Most dystopian novels (such as Brave New World or Animal Farm) have hopeless and depressing endings, but this book had an ending with hope. The only part of the plot that could have been negative, but also could have some positive sides was that the book left a lot of room to wonder. Little is shown about the society and government other than the at least partial control of media, the shallowness of the average man, and the violence that is allowed. A lot more could have been added to the story, such as how much freedom and privacy people had or if other repressive laws existed. This is not a huge plot problem though, and all that would be necessary to the plot, including why books were eradicated, is included.

Writing Style and Setup: 4½/5 Amazing: The author used several things to make the book a pleasure to read. He used beautiful descriptions of people and places, and his similes were creative. Things were neither described in elaborate detail nor left with little detail. Concepts and ideas were clearly explained in the characters’ conversations.

The pace of the book was good, the story was almost always moving, but left time for the characters and readers to think about the ideas presented.

Moral: 4/5 A Good Main Moral with Some Bad Aspects: The overall moral of the book was a good one, and many of the ideas in the book are provoking. Despite this though, some of the morals in the book were contained errors.

The positive side of the moral includes looking at how censorship hurts society and how there is more to life than constant entertainment. Though this book was written nearly seventy years ago, many things wrong with the society in the book are problems that we have in the USA, just on a smaller level. Books are erased because they offend certain groups of people, they promote inequality, and because they make people think about unhappy things. The result of eliminating books, as well as the supposed inequality and offence they cause, is a society of unintelligent, dull people that refuse to think about anything negative, even if it means ignoring death and hurt in their own family. This plugging of your ears only leads to more hurt and uneventful lives. It also shows how living for nothing more than fluff entertainment is a sad way to live. You don’t accomplish anything for anyone except maybe yourself (and even then you don’t really), as well how this also in the end leads to eventual destruction.

The negative side of the book also has to do with censorship though, as well as the main characters personal moral issues. The author believes that censorship is wrong not just in repressing true creativity and things that a liberal may find offensive; the author also believes it is wrong to censor things others may find morally wrong. He believes that censoring of content that could be viewed as indecent is just as bad as repressing silly things for the comfort of women and minorities. There are at least two flaws with this. First, it is more crucial to think about who is censoring the content, not what is being censored. Since the government has guaranteed freedom of speech and press in our country, it would be wrong for them to make laws that would censor what we say and write. If a publisher or producer refuses to accept something because they don’t feel comfortable with it, it would not be wrong for them to do that, as they have the freedom to choose what they will publish and produce just as much as an author has the right to write what he wishes. Censorship by the government leads to tyranny and slavery, censorship by the publishers merely shows were the nation stands. Second, as Christians we know why it is different to censor something wrong in the eyes of a liberal verses censoring something in the eyes of a conservative. God does not wish for us to read or watch immoral things (Psalm 103:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.“). Because of this, we are happy when someone censors things God would be displeased with us hearing or seeing. Things liberals wish to censor though are often things that are not morally wrong, but things that confirm godly views or things they believe will offend a minority group, even if this thing is true. Sad as it is, since you will always offend someone no matter what you do, it doesn’t really matter if you censor those things. Now, the author does have a point when he says “If Mormons do not like my plays, let them write their own.” (pp. 178), and if a person wishes to privately publish something vulgar, he technically has the legal right to do so. It is debatable if the government should be allowed to censor things that are morally wrong, as this could lead to censoring things that are not morally wrong. The author is partially right though, if we find something offensive, we should be able to privately boycott or censor it in our homes. As wrong as it would be for us to transgress an author’s freedom of speech, it would be just as wrong for him to transgress our freedom of privacy by demanding we view what he created in all its vulgarity.

Another negative moral aspect is that Montag tends to have a short temper, and this short temper leads him to indirect arson and murder. His friends tell him it was for a good cause, making it ok, but the Bible is against doing wrong, even if it is for the right reason. People who lie or hurt others for the “right reason” in the Bible usually are not directly punished, but sometimes are indirectly affected. God may have mercy with people who do wrong to help others, such as with Rahab, but that does not mean it is ok to do those things.

Overall, the moral is good in many ways, as censorship in the USA is at a liberal point. People are offended if you say anything against their way of viewing things, and many schools, colleges, and universities (especially government run ones) are teaching to shut up people who tell the truth because they do not like it or fund it offensive. On the other hand, a person should keep in mind that as long as it is not from the government, censorship is not necessarily wrong if it is over moral things.

Overall: 4½/5 Amazing: This book was beautiful in style and had a thought provoking moral. I definitely recommend it concerning quality. I believe adults and teenagers would both appreciate this book, though I believe adults may enjoy it more.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Brief Mention: Sex magazines and sex are both briefly mentioned in conversation. “Rape” and “naked” are used figuratively for descriptive purposes. A man changes his clothes in a river.

Violence: 2½/5 Non-Descriptive and Mildly Descriptive Violence: Violence and death are used in descriptions. A woman says her children would like to “kick her” and that she “can kick back;” this was probably not meant literally. A woman tells her husband to kick a dog; he doesn’t. A man wonders if he will do “more violent things,” when he talks to someone else. A man mentions he slapped another man. A different man slaps a woman and later hits a man. A woman scratches a man when she tried to get away from him. A man slaps and shakes a woman and knocks two men out. A woman sets her own house on fire while she is in it. She dies as a result. A man mentions that intelligent children are often beat up by other children, and later says intelligent people will do a variety of violent things. A man burns another man to death with a flamethrower. It is mentioned that a girl was killed in a car accident. A man is nearly hit by a twice car, and his finger is barely run over once. A girl talks about her friends dying in numerous ways, though not very descriptively, and discuss how they children “kill each other” even though they didn’t used to. An entire city is destroyed in a bombing.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 3½/5 A Lot of Moderate Language: God’s name is taken in vain forty-six times. “Lord” is misused three times, and forms of Jesus Christ’s name are misused four times. “Damn” is misused forty-one times. “Hell” is misused sixteen times. “Ass” is misused twice. “Bastard” is misused once. There is a mention of a person swearing, though it does not say what he said. A mans says that “the word ‘intellectual” should be a “swear word.”

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: Deaths occur, usually by fire. The one concerning a woman was not very descriptive, but the death of a man is more descriptive. A woman nearly dies from taking to many pills. She doesn’t, and it never says if it was suicide or an accident, although it is often assumed to be attempted suicide. Suicide and murder are both mentioned to be common, especially suicide as it mentions several different ways people have killed themselves. Men are mentioned to fight and die in a war. A “mechanical” dog is trained to kill people and animals by injecting them with chemicals. A man is actually killed this way, and a few times a different man is almost killed this way. It is mentioned that men have competitions about the dog killing animals. A man burns one up with a flamethrower. Some people watch violent and disturbing content on TV that includes people being cut up, cars crashing, and people being thrown by the cars. A man is almost run over by a car. A girl is mentioned to have died in a car accident, and a man wonders a little bit about her death’s circumstances. A man imagines his wife’s death. Characters are mentioned to cry or scream, though no one does anything excessively emotional. People get nosebleeds. It mentions a woman got abortions and c-sections. A woman suggest that her husband run animals over with their car if he feels upset and says that she likes to do it. A man thinks of is friend being dead even when he isn’t. Fighting “armies” are mentioned in a poem. Blood is used for descriptive purposes.

Religious Issues: 2/5 Slight Mention and Sacrilegious Content: A man pressures another man to help him by tearing a few pages out of the Bible. Mormons and Unitarians are mentioned. Christians are one of the groups of people that are accused of censoring entertainment. “Idol” is used for a description. Buddha and Charles Darwin are briefly mentioned in list of people. Incense, saints are mentioned. A man is mentioned to be a Reverend. A man says “You can play God to” books. A myth including “Hercules and Antaeus” is mentioned. Séances and ghosts are used for descriptive purposes.

Magic: ½/5 Slight Mention: “Magic,” “magical,” and “hypnotic” are used as descriptions. Magical things like dragons, giants, ghosts, and magicians are mentioned in descriptions. Fairy tales are briefly mentioned. No magic is done in the book.

Others: A certain woman is mentioned to have gotten a divorce. Whiskey and margaritas are drunk. People smoke cigarettes and pipes throughout the book, and there is mention of tobacco. Men gamble at work by playing poker. Wine, chain smoking, alcohol, and drunkenness are used in descriptions. Alcohol and whisky are used for purposes other than drinking. Clubs and heroin are briefly mentioned in conversation when listing the pleasures people can indulge in. A woman asks if her husband is drunk; he isn’t. Dancing, partying, and getting a hangover are all briefly mentioned.

Overall: 3½/5 Almost Teenager Appropriate: The worst aspect of this book is the swearing. I was very disappointed with the misuse of God’s name, and I would recommend crossing out the language. With language, I would recommend the book for teenagers fifteen to sixteen and older. Without the language, I believe fourteen and older would be appropriate, because of violence, disturbing content, and the brief mention of sex.

This review does not include commentary, forwards, or afterwords any version may have. It does not include the review, the prologue, or epilogue that a special version may have.

Manga

A Manga Review of Orange (1-3)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Orange by Ichigo Takano (This covers volumes one through three.)

Type: Romance, Shoujo, Suicide

Basic Plot: Naho gets a letter from ten years in the future that advises her how to live in order to live without regrets, as well as save a new friend named Kakeru.

Quality

Plot: 3/5 Average: The idea of the plot, having a letter from the future, was more original than some other manga plots. Time travel is explained in a way that would logically make sense in that world. The plot did have some of the cliché feels that most romance entertainment has. Many cliché manga characters are used such as the “stupid heroine” and “big brother figure.” A present from the main boy and a nasty rival are included. The story could have been more original in romantic content ways, but the letter part of the plot did make it more original than a lot of other romance manga.

Graphics: 4/5 Well Done: The drawings were detailed, consistent, and natural. It was easy to tell which character was which, and the art hasn’t gone through any changes so far. The people and objects look realistic. I can’t stand it when shoujo artist draw awkward people, but the people in this manga were all detailed and naturally shaped.

Moral: 3/5 A Mostly Good Moral: The main moral was to try to live life without regrets. This included two aspects, being brave enough to do what you would like to do and following your heart. The first one was good, as Naho learns to be willing to confront people and talk about things so that she will not live regretting not doing something. She learns to do nice things for people and tell others what she truly thinks, because she doesn’t want to regret not doing what was right or being honest. It is important to know that it is just as bad to have a regretful life because we did do things we weren’t supposed to do just as it is to not do things we were supposed to.

Overall: This is a good beginner sad story. There are better tear-jerkers that cause the reader to bawl there eyes out as they read, but this is merely a little sniff. If someone hasn’t read very many sad stories or wants some time travel in their manga, I recommend this story.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Suggestive: Girls wear clothing over the knee. Some girls buy and wear short-shorts and refer to it as “fan service.” A boy wants to hold a girls hand, and another boy holds a girl by the rest and refers to it as holding hands. They also refer to themselves as “babes.” A boys are called “hottie,” “babe,” and “player.” There are two pictures of girls and boys in swimwear, one being a bikini. A girl takes a bath that shows her shoulders, knees, and part of her bare back. When the author takes a picture of a bench, a person wonders if the author has “a bench fetish.”

Violence: 1/5 Light Violence: A girl cuts her hand when she slaps another girls hand away. A girl smacks another girl. Characters smack each other on the head with things or bump into each other. A girl says several times that she wants to hurt another girl. A girl deliberately bumps another girl to the ground with her purse. Most of the violence is barely shown.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 3/5 Moderate Swearing: God’s name is taken in vain twice. “Damn” is misused twice. “Ass” is misused twice. The ‘p’ word is misused three times. The female word for a dog is misused four times. “Jeez” is used once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Emotional and Intense Content: Suicide is a theme throughout the manga. It mentions that a boy attempts suicide by choking, and it is mentioned that a boy kills himself by biking in front of a train. It mentions that a woman kills herself. None of the suicides are shown. Characters cry, sometimes quite emotionally. It is usually because if something sad, but sometimes characters cry when they are happy. A girl’s foot bleeds a little. A boy passes out.

Religious Issues: 1/5 Suggestive: A boy and a girl go to a shrine and make wishes. A boy describes his as “a prayer” to his mother. One picture shows two characters in Halloween costumes, and one of their candies is shaped like a ghost. For decoration, small ghost are at least once shown in the background.

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: A straight boy names what boy he would like if he was gay. A straight boy brings his friend flowers, and a friend asks him if he is “asking… (him) out.” There are no homosexual characters in these books. The author makes a brief mention of sake, Japanese rice wine.

Overall: 3/5 Teenage Appropriate: The swearing in the book cause me to recommend that a person be at least fifteen before reading it. The suicidal themes are not extremely emotional and depressing, but they are tear jerkers that I would say are suitable for someone thirteen to fourteen and older.

Movies

A Movie Review of Northanger Abbey

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Northanger Abbey by PBS and Jon Jones (Director)

Type: Classic, Historical

Basic Plot: Catherine reads gothic romance novels to pass time and wishes they would come true, but her excess of reading gothic romance tends to cause her to believe things are dark and dangerous when she visits a friend’s house.

Quality

Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story was interesting and the characters were believable and pleasant. All scenes that would be necessary were added and completely new content was rarely added, though it did often expand on content in the book. The ending was a little different than the book, but still good.

The thing I did enjoy most that was that even though the movie didn’t cover everything, it didn’t feel rushed. Pride and Prejudice the movie always seemed very rushed to me, but this movie moved smoothly, even with less content. I do think a mini-series would be better though.

Acting: 4/5 Well Done: The actors and actresses did act well. All of the characters were accurate. Catherine was a young, imaginative girl. Henry Tilney was older and sophisticated, yet cheerful and fun. Isabella and her brother were nasty people, one subtly and the other outright. Overall the characters were portrayed well.

Costumes and Scenery: 4/5 Well Done: The costumes were accurate and beautiful. The accuracy could be scene in even minor characters costumes, as a little boy is wearing one of the old dress style clothes worn long ago. The outfits are also beautiful, having a variety of style and colors for what the time period allowed.

There was a variety of scenes that were realistic. They were not elaborate and overdone, causing them to not be as fancy as some newer historical movies, but this was also good because it was not unbelievably perfect and beautiful.

Music: 3½/5 Above Average: Music was played that fit the scenes. It was more exciting than some Jane Austen movies, no doubt because the story is not a serious social novel but a parody.

Moral: 2½/5 A Mostly Good Moral: The moral is harder to read in the movie, but still there. The moral about friend choices is toned down a lot more because the movie could not include as much content as the book, though the moral is slightly mentioned. The moral about not getting too carried away with fantasy is seen and mentioned clearly. The only moral that was different was the pushing at the end of the movie that it was ok to disobey your parents, as Henry marries Catherine against his father’s will and the narrator suggest that “reward(ing of) filial disobedience” may have been an intended moral, which God says in Epehsians 6 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Though God does say other things about how parents should their children, I was disappointed that the rebellion against authority theme was added to this.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The movie is definitely admirable for accuracy in costumes and characters and its interesting story. I believe women and girls older than twelve would be most interested in it according to qualiy.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3½/5 Inappropriate Speech and Suggestive Content: Men make suggestive comments about women and stare at them. A woman makes a suggestive comment about clothing. Characters flirt with each other, sometimes in a suggestive manner. Two women talk about a book, and the one reveals it has sensual content. A woman later whispers about the wrongdoings a man has supposedly committed. It is greatly suggested that a man and woman have sex as a woman is shown lying in bed with possibly only blankets wrapped tightly around her as she talks with a man outside of the bed. Woman’s dresses are low in the back and front, and one scene shows two women in their underclothes. “Seductions” are briefly mentioned in conversation when comparing novels to real life. A girl dreams about a man keeping a woman chained to a bed. A man and woman kiss in what could be considered a passionate manner. A girl reads aloud from a book a scene about a woman undressing to bathe as a man watches and lusts after her. The scene also mentions a bird sexually touching a woman, and the word “wanton” is used to describe it.

Violence: 1/5 Brief Light Violence: A girl fantasizes about two sword fight; in one a man is suggested to die by sword and a man is shot off his horse. A girl mentions how novels have murders.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2½/5 Moderate Swearing: Forms of “damn” are misused six times. God’s name is taken in vain five times. “Lord” is misused twice. “Bloody” and “hell” are misused once each. “Prig” is said twice.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: ½/5 Mentioned and Imagined Intense and Disturbing Content Content: Some fantasies a girl has contain violence or things that may be viewed as intense or disturbing, such as a woman being chained to a bed or man locked in prison. A woman is mentioned to have died from a sickness. A girl suspects that the woman was murdered. In a fantasy, different women faint twice. A man’s leg is bandaged, and he uses crutches, both because of gout. A girl believes someone’s skeleton is behind a veil. A man jokes with a girl about skeletons and scary things being in his house. Death and blood are mentioned in the movie.

Religious Issues: 1/5 Slight Mention: There is mention of christening and one child is shown being christened. A book called The Monk (a monk being the center of the book) is mentioned. A man is called a “friar” in a book. A man is mentioned to be a clergyman. A family lives in an abbey that is no longer used as an abbey. A girl wonders if a home is haunted, and a man jokes that it is. A man says a good book is preferable to “a hundred boring sermons” (though the character that says this is a clergyman).

Magic: 1/5 Brief Mention: Magical items are mentioned, and the opera, The Magic Flute, is watched. Vampires and ghosts are mentioned. A man says his father is like a vampire for “draining the life out of” his mother. No magic is done in the movie.

Others: Characters dance.

Overall: The sexual speech and suggestiveness causes me to not recommend this movie. I was quite shocked at the graphicness of the books and fantasies that Catherine had, especially for a Jane Austen movie.