Howards End *****

A sparkling 4K restoration has earned Howards End a cinematic re-release 25 years after its original release. Sure … there is an absence of the directorial fancy flourishes that we now almost expect. But what you get in its place is a glorious visual feast with a sharp screenplay and top notch performances, notably from Emma Thomson. Essentially a document of the change in society towards the end of the Edwardian era, it uses the Wilcoxes, the Schlegels and the Basts as archetypes of societal strata However, the skill of the film is that  these characters transcend these token embodiments and become fully formed, three-dimensional characters that you  care about.

A masterpiece.

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