Daniel Deronda Dec 31, 2009
The plot is good, the actors convincing - most of them, but Gwendolen Harleth did not get my sympathy. She was a spoiled, selfish woman who played with people's emotions, and I could not feel sorry for her. When she marries Grandcourt she gets her just desserts -the two are a good match; both lack a conscious and are self involved. Why Daniel wastes a second on Gwen is a mystery. His Jewish girlfriend, Mirah, is worth ten times more than Gwen will ever be and viewers/readers are gratified, I think, to see that he also realizes Mirah's worth. Discovering his own parentage helps him make his decision. I think Daniel's personality could have been developed a bit more so that we know what he's thinking and what, besides her fatuous personality - he sees in Gwen. I think Grandcourts relationship with his mistress could have been dealt with a little more. She obviously did not think he was evil and was hoping to marry him - perhaps because he was the father of her three children or perhaps because she loved him, as she seemed to. So did Grandcourt become evil or did Gwen just bring out the best in him? You decide! A worthy movie to watch, good actors and a plot that keeps your attention.