Howard’s End, Karma comes around

No, you did not time travel back to 1992. Sarasota’s Burns Court Cinema was playing Howard’s End last week (October 2016) because…..hmm, good question. Twenty four years isn’t actually an anniversary milestone.

At any rate, I had missed this film back in ’92, probably due my consuming desire to have a baby. (I got my wish and the best thing to ever happen to me in 1993).

Digression aside, Howard’s End is definitely worth a look. Who can beat the cast? Emma Thompson (who won the Oscar for the role), Anthony Hopkins, ever the perfect austere gentleman and Helena Bonham Carter before she only chose, or was offered, off the wall roles. And oh my, how sad, I just discovered that Joseph Bennett who played one of Anthony Hopkins’ sons, committed suicide in 2015. Doubt that they’d bring back the film as a tribute, but what a shame.

At the film’s end, my movie partner had the best quote about the film: timeless. The plot from EM Forster’s novel from 1910 stands the test of time; class differences impinging on love and property ownership, gentrification, good vs. evil, etc. Possibly a tad long winded, the period piece was an entertaining way to pass the intense heat of a Floridian afternoon. And the best part was, the end of the movie, good karma prevails.

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