Reviewer's Grade: A-
Directed by Julian Jarrold ("Becoming Jane"), this new adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's elegiac novel of faith, Brideshead Revisited, recovered is sharp and touching. Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode, "Match Point" can't decide with which of the Flyte siblings he is most in love"?Sebastian or Julia. Sebastian's homosexuality offends his Catholic faith, and Julia has married a man with whom she is not in love, and adultery seems her only way out.
Can one shake off one's religious faith when it becomes inconvenient and latch on to it again at the moment of death? Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon co-star as the separated but never divorced parents, and the screenplay by Andrew Davis and Jeremy Brock captures much of Waugh' s bitter wit and grappling with guilt. More than just being a film for audiences that still enjoy biting repartee, it's for anyone who has a hard time making his prejudices fit well with his better instincts. PG-13