April 29, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Remains of the Day

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft, Christopher Reeve
director
James Ivory
author
Kazuo Ishiguro
genre
Drama
We gave it an A+

Not nearly as melancholy or involving as Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel set in a stately British home on the eve of World War II, this Ismail Merchant-James Ivory production, directed by Ivory, is typically sparkling and fastidious-the movie equivalent of silver-polishing. Anthony Hopkins is fine, if unsurprising, as the retiring and repressed butler, Mr. Stevens in The Remains of the Day, but Emma Thompson is far too vibrant as the capable but drab Miss Kenton, whose pride gets in the way of her love for him. On the small screen, the detail and intimacy of the movie lose their impact; it’s all perfectly okay, but run to read the book instead.

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