Revisited Brideshead Is No Match for TV Ancestor; Bright Young Things: Matthew Goode as Charles Ryder, Hayley Atwell as Julia Flyte and (1) Ben Whishaw as Sebastian Flyte in the New Version of Brideshead Revisited, Which Never Quite Reaches the Heights of the 1981 TV Series (2) Forceful: Emma Thompson as the Snobbish Lady Marchmain

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Revisited Brideshead Is No Match for TV Ancestor; Bright Young Things: Matthew Goode as Charles Ryder, Hayley Atwell as Julia Flyte and (1) Ben Whishaw as Sebastian Flyte in the New Version of Brideshead Revisited, Which Never Quite Reaches the Heights of the 1981 TV Series (2) Forceful: Emma Thompson as the Snobbish Lady Marchmain


Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK

REVIEW Brideshead Revisited Cert PG-13 133 mins ***

LIKE F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby or Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of The Vanities, Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is one of those great 20th-century novels that inspires such devotion to render a screen adaptation a decidedly risky enterprise.

Julian Jarrold's middling version of Brideshead is something of an anticlimax; it never reaches the heights attained by Charles Sturridge's faithful 1981 Granada TV adaptation.

But a critical drubbing upon its release next month, similar to that meted out to the last Waugh movie, Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things in 2003, would be unfair. Brideshead's visual sweep is impressive and the second half contains moments of real power.

However, just as its narrator, the atheist artist Charles Ryder, becomes consumed with nostalgia for Brideshead, the Flyte family's ancestral home, purists watching the new Brideshead might find themselves nostalgic for the Granada series.

For this time around it is unafraid to take liberties with its source material.

The plot structure remains broadly similar: During the Second World War, Captain Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) is stationed at Brideshead Castle prompting him to recall his time there with Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), whom he befriended at Oxford University.

Entranced by the Flyte family's aristocratic Catholic grandeur, he embarks on a doomed romance with Sebastian's sister Julia (Hayley Atwell) and painfully watches their mother Lady Marchmain, played by Emma Thompson, orchestrate her family's decline.

However Jarrold and Forceful: Emma the snobbish co-writers Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies have made small but significant changes. …

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