Movie Mondays: I Capture the Castle
I often complain that there are not even movie adaptations of Jane Austen classics for me to watch when I’m in a hopelessly romantic mood. So I was delighted that I Capture the Castle pretty much fit this genre to a T, although taking place in the 1930’s. Even better, if you ask me!
I’ve heard this movie described as a bit of a non-love story, although I really don’t want to give too much away here, so I’ll just let you know the basics of the story unfolds.
Two young ladies live with their eccentric family in a castle that their father started renting out after he wrote a best selling novel, claiming it would bring him the inspiration he needed to write another. Ten years later, and no second novel, the family is just trying to survive, without being evicted from the castle.
While traveling through, the landlord’s American sons get stuck in the mud outside of the castle. The girls are excited to have some young men around, though thoroughly embarrassed of their eccentric and rather strange living circumstances.
The eldest daughter begins to make a bit of a fool of herself trying to charm one of the sons into falling for her, hoping that she can rescue her dismal circumstances through marriage to a rich American boy.
The story evolves through a frustrating circle of affections, heart breaks, and lots of change for both of the families. It’s a beautiful film, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The perfect movie to kick off Spring, I think!