I have no shame in admitting this, period dramas are my favorite thing. If it’s a period drama, I will watch it. I don’t care what it’s actually about.
Period dramas make me wish that 1. I lived in England; 2. In the 1800s; 3.That I had fancy dresses. I will even make the sacrifice of wearing a corset if it means I can have those dresses; 4. That I sounded more eloquent when I talk; and 5. That a tall, mysterious man would literally just walk out of the woods in mist into my life and be the perfect mixture of mysterious and yet kind-hearted. With a sense of humor.
Is that too much to ask!??!
Due to my period drama love, I decided to make a list of my all-time favorite period dramas (in no particular order)
1. Downton Abbey- Well, this can’t be a surprise. I mean, it’s guaranteed that I’m obsessed with this show, right? I binge-watched the first three seasons in a week last year. I just sat on my couch with a friend and watched for hours with wine and chex-mix at our side. Basically, it was the best week ever. Downton Abbey is so character rich, which is why I love it so much. Every single character in the show (and there’s a ton of them) has a rich and intriguing personality and background. It always keeps you interested in what’s going to happen next. If you haven’t gotten on this bandwagon yet, now is the time. (Disclaimer: This show will make you HATE automobiles. So, if you don’t want that ruined for you, don’t watch it).
2. North & South- Before Richard Armitage was Thorin in The Hobbit, he completely captured me in his performance of John Thornton (Thorin, Thornton...hmmm...similar). UGH. He’s so beautiful and a perfect mixture of moodiness and kindness. And HIS EYES! I loved the chemistry that him and Daniela Denby-Ashe. The moment of tension in this mini-series were just so perfect.
3. Jane Eyre (2011)- Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite books and I was really excited for this movie, because all the other Jane Eyre movies of the past have been...well, not good. I got exactly what I was looking for in this movie. The director really played up the Gothic themes of this book through the lighting, suspense and storytelling, which for some reason, other directors have over-looked in the past. Mia Wasikowska gave a quiet yet powerful performance and this movie made me fall for Michael Fassenbender.
4. Bright Star- This film is kind of dark horse in the period drama genre, I don’t know of many other people who have seen this movie. I was on a John Keats kick a couple years ago so I had to see this movie. It was so beautiful. The colors and the cinematography of this film are absolutely stunning. Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish’s are heartbreaking.
5. Little Dorrit- This mini-series came out in 2008 and I binge-watched this one as well. I wasn’t expecting anything when I started and then I didn’t leave the couch for another eight hours. So...it was that good. The story is just uplifiting and full of fantastic one-liners. The character of Flintwitch was so enjoyable. Added bonus: Matthew Macfayden is in this one.
6. Pride & Prejudice- Speaking of Matthew Macfayden, one of my all-time favorite period drama is Pride & Prejudice (the BBC version AND the 2005 film). I know there’s always a rivalry between the two, but I like them both...so...there. I watch the film version on a very regular basis. Keira Knightley is one of my favorite people and her performance of Lizzie is perfect. I also just like watching her talk...is that weird? The cinematography is my favorite of any movie I have ever seen--no exaggeration. The fog, the mist, the countryside and the lighting are all to die for. And that rain scene? UGH. Okay, I’m just gushing now. But, yes.
7.Gladiator- This is actually my favorite movie OF ALL TIME and therefore also my favorite period drama. Calling it a period drama seems a little strange though. It should be in it’s own category of period action-blood-gore-awesomeness genre. Actually there are a lot of movies that would fit into that category. Okay, let’s make it genre. Done.
This movie is the perfect mix of a movie for me. The storyline and arch are perfect; the characters are insanely interesting and unpredictable and the battle scenes are smart and appropriately violent. My favorite part of this movie, however, is Joaquin Pheonix’s performance. His performance is bone-chilling, creepy, and just all-around perfection.
What are some of your favorite period dramas?