Carey Mulligan receives “An Education,” now on DVD
BY SEAN O’CONNELL
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Carey Mulligan had a big, busy year. What started with the Sundance hit “An Education” culminated with a part in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel, co-starring roles opposite Johnny Depp (“Public Enemies”), and her first of what some believe will be many Oscar nominations.
Oh, and she was selected as one of HollywoodNews.com’s Top 10 Actresses Under 30. Congrats, Carey.
But it was Lone Scherfig’s handsomely crafted and expertly acted “An Education” that put this ingénue on the map, and it arrives on DVD from Sony Home Entertainment this week. Mulligan is Jenny, a book-smart British teen who experiences the finer things in life — you know, the ones that exist outside of the classroom — when she meets and falls for David (Peter Sarsgaard), an older man. The couple’s roller-coaster romance comes with real risk, real reward and real consequences – at least until the unrealistically tidy ending.
Mulligan got most of the attention for “Education,” but really, everyone is great. The stellar supporting cast, from Alfred Molina to Emma Thompson, know exactly how much to give to make each scene sing. And while the film follows a coming-of-age template, we rarely feel like we’re embarking on anything but an exciting new adventure with a charmingly innocent guide at the helm.
Sony’s DVD for “An Education” packs a commentary track, deleted scenes, a traditional “Making of” reel and footage of the film’s stars walking the red carpet in support of their film.
The movie – *** out of 4
The DVD – **1/2 out of 4