Saturday, March 26, 2011
Get a Grip Before You "Never Let Me Go"
Sally Hawkins is a remarkably compelling actress who played an impossibly upbeat schoolteacher in Happy Go Lucky. Her character in that film was challenged by a--shall we say *difficult*--driving instructor.
[I remember when I learned to drive: I was nineteen (who needs to drive in the city?) and signed up for a course with Young Drivers of Canada, which sounds quite martial to me now.
My instructor arrived at my home and got our lesson off to a terrible start when he told me I looked like his ex-girlfriend. I replied that he looked like my ex-driving instructor. And requested a new one.]
In Never Let Me Go, though, Sally Hawkins shows warmth, compassion, a sort of engaged distraction, and commands the camera every time she's in the frame.
I've just learned that she's playing Mrs. Reed in the new adaptation of Jane Eyre, and I am wondering how she will inhabit that unlikeable character.