The Invisible Woman
Directed by Ralph Fiennes
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas
What is it?
Based on Claire Tomalin’s 1991 book of the same name, The Invisible Woman looks at the life of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan (Felicity Jones), a young actress who met Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) at the height of his career and became his secret mistress until his death.
Should you see it?
Yes, but keep your expectations in check. The Invisible Woman is a relatively surface-level look at the relationship between Ternan and Dickens. The main reason to see The Invisible Woman is Felicity Jones, who turns in an excellent, layered performance as a woman caught between her need to keep secrets and a desire to freely live her life. (Thankfully, Fiennes understands that this is Ternan’s story more than Dickens’ and keeps the bulk of the focus on her.) That’s enough to make it worth seeing — but don’t go in expecting a new period-piece classic.
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