Mr. Malcolm's List


Comedy / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 609

revenge period drama 1800s non-traditional casting adaptation

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Uploaded by: FREEMAN
July 21, 2022 at 06:52 AM

Top cast

Zawe Ashton as Julia Thistlewaite
Theo James as Captain Henry Ossory
Freida Pinto as Selina Dalton
Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lord Cassidy
1.05 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 57 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ferguson-6 5 / 10

not my cup of tea

Greetings again from the darkness. At this point, I believe it's fair to say we have a Jane Austen sub-genre for film, TV, and books. After all, it's been more than 200 years, and her novels have remained in print, have also been adapted too many times to count, and inspired countless writers and filmmakers to follow in her footsteps. The success of the "Bridgerton" series is a testament to the Jane Austen realm, despite being adapted from the novels of Julia Quinn. For this first feature film from director Emma Holly Jones, Suzanne Allain has adapted the screenplay from her own novel, and interestingly, this is a feature length version of Ms. Jones' 2019 short film, with most of the cast and crew returning.

The film opens in 1802 England as youngsters Julia and Selina solidify their BFF bond. Flashing forward to a majestic castle in 1818, we find it's mating season for high society, and Julia (Zawe Ashton) has her sights set on the catch-of-the-year, Mr. Jeremy Malcolm (Sope Dirisu). Their first date to the opera tells Malcolm everything he needs to know to rule out Julia as a prospective match. Her ignorance on current affairs and overall personality prevent any type of love connection. Though her feelings are hurt at the rejection, Julia likely would have moved on if not for a public humiliation related to the date, but not caused by Malcolm. When Julia discloses her embarrassment to her cousin, Lord Cassidy (an excellent Oliver Jackson-Cohen), he confides that Malcolm has crafted a list of requirements for his future bride. Instantly, Julia begins scheming to turn the tables of 'humiliation' on Malcolm, hoping to regain her reputation ... one tarnished by four previous seasons without a match.

Julia's scheme requires two co-conspirators. Lord Cassidy has already been bullied into the ring, and next up is her childhood friend, Selina (Freida Pinto). Selina is of a lower class than Julia, and against her better judgement (and sweet demeanor) agrees to the plan: playing the role of the perfect match for Malcolm before humiliating him by exposing his 'list'. Of course, anyone who has ever watched a movie or read a book knows where this is headed ... and that's exactly where it goes. Selina and Malcolm do prove to be a good match, and she is overwhelmed by guilt.

Like Mr. Malcolm, I have a list ... only my list is for the issues I have with the film: 1. Julia is neither smart nor nice, and would be a poor match for most men 2. Her plot for revenge proves her mean streak, as Malcolm never publicly humiliated her 3. Malcolm has good looks and lots of money, but otherwise doesn't seem like much fun 4. Selina is smart, but we never see why she falls for Malcolm - other than his looks and money 5. Selina seems too nice to ever go along with Julia's devious plan against a guy who did nothing wrong 6. The twist with Captain Henry Ossory is totally unbelievable and fabricated strictly for a happy ending 7. The cast diversity plays like a gimmick and totally ignores genetics. There are more legitimate ways to achieve diversity My list is longer than Mr. Malcolm's, but you get the point on why the film didn't work for me. Julia is unlucky in love because she is not likable, and Mr. Malcolm is a bit dull, and is only a "catch" because of looks and money. We never care about either of these characters. And shouldn't everyone have a 'list' of characteristics they desire in a mate? It's probably for all these reasons that I found the movie uncomfortable to watch and entirely too long. That said, the cast is superb and the performances are admirable in spite the issues I have with the script and story. Many viewers will likely ignore what bugged me here, and I contend the best of the recent entries in this genre continues to be EMMA. (2020) Opens in theaters on July 1, 2022.

Reviewed by jsmlsend 5 / 10

unoriginal blah

Surely there are important, authentic, diverse stories that should be told, based on literature and history of the non-Western world.

Shouldn't those films be made?

The new thing of re-doing English period pieces with woke casting is a waste of opportunity and resources. These films and shows are like fake reality shows., though Mr. Malcolm's List is better than Bridgerton aka Gossip Girls in costume.

The set-up of the movie is tiresome. Among other things, Zawe Ashton and Freida Pinto are old for these period piece characters, Ashton's character is mostly unpleasant.

Reviewed by jisforjoe 1 / 10

Absolute Clown Show

What a thoroughly unlikeable movie.

The driving narrative motivation (petty revenge for a perceived slight) is asinine; most characters are monsters; and the setting is a period that is so corny and tired.

The one totally innocent soul nonsensically falls for-dEsPiTe hEr fLawS-the 19th-century Regina George who kicks off our tale of woe. The title character vacillates between an uppity villain who deserves a life with the scorned mean girl gunning for his humiliation and an unconvincing 'victim' that we're supposed to pity for being targeted? Just...ew.

What a waste of an interestingly-cast ensemble. They deserved a better story to play with.

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