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DVD Reviews: Sons & Lovers

The Final Say!

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Reviewed by Dean Malandrini
Review Date: 19 April 2003
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 193 Minutes

Despite the horrendous cover, Sons and Lovers is not as bad as it looks, though the cover and the summary of the movie make it look quite boring which it isnít.  I to thought oh my god I can't believe Iím going to watch this, but to my

surprise and delight the movie took off very quickly.  Of course the actors are all British and at some times Iíve had trouble figuring out what they had said, even going over it a few times I still couldn't figure out what they were saying.  This was a bit annoying at certain points in the movie where it's a pivotal point in the movie and they're saying something important and vital to the story.   

The story revolves around a bitter old woman with two sons, Paul the youngest son is the main character. The husband - a drunken liar, had roped the Gertrude (mother) into marrying him. Believing that he was well off, and I mean rich, he wasn't.  Disappointed and bitter over the unpleasing non-existent marriage she turns to her sons in hope of bring them up to be something their father couldn't

be.  Clinging desperately to her sons she encourages desk jobs and women of high stature, in many cases scaring off potential wives and only bring the boys meaningless lovers. 

Paul, being the main focus of the movie has two women on the go. Miriam a caring virgin who will love Paul for the rest of his days, and Mrs. Clara Dawes his secretary who he only wants for sex.  Mrs. Dawes with a disgruntled husband on the back burners spells big trouble for Pauly, as he discovers their sexual interludes in no time giving poor skinny Paul a whoopn'.   

There are many twists and turns in the movie; 'Paul just can't make up his mind', the struggle between a little mummies boy Paul, his big brother who's very successful in the big city and of course their mother. Itís a very interesting to watch movie.  The feature does have a bit of an odd ending, but Iíll let you find that one out.  The two boys, beyond their fatherís influence and mental presence, still somehow find a way to turn out in some ways just like him. 

Don't walk past this one in the store, pick it up read the back and see whether you'd like it. It wouldn't be something I would even look at, Iíd probably make jokes, but it just shows you good movies can reside in bad ugly covers. Not many extras, just filmographies on the characters, and which other English series they were in that no-one has ever heard of.  Of course D.H.Lawrence has to get his money worth so thereís also his biography and a list of a bunch of books he wrote.

Sons & Lovers Features

  • DH Lawrence Biography & Book List
  • Production Notes
  • Cast Filmographies
  • Photo Gallery
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Index


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