The Regency era of Mr. Malcolm’s List has 1 big difference between Bridgerton and Austen
Mr. Malcolm’s List has many similarities to the films adapted from Jane Austen and Bridgerton. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its differences too.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Mr. Malcolm’s List
Mr. Malcolm’s List The Regency era has a great Bridgerton and Jane Austen difference. There are plenty of stories from the Regency period and the genre has been perfected over the years through Austen’s adaptations. Emma, Become Joanand other notable films of the genre. Mr. Malcolm’s List – directed by Emma Holly Jones from a screenplay by Suzanne Allain, who adapted the screenplay from her novel of the same name – joins a plethora of films set in the Regency era, with all its strict rules of elite society and its dramatic tension.
Mr. Malcolm’s List shares an abundance of similarities to Jane Austen’s novels (and later film adaptations) and Bridgerton, as well as several others. The setting, the miscommunication, the nostalgia, a serious man who keeps his heart above all else, a lovely woman who can outsmart said man, and the stuffiness of London high society, who is as much a character in the stories of Regency than anything else. However, the biggest difference – and the one that sets it apart from the work of Austen and Bridgertonin particular — is Mr. Malcolm’s List The plot is somewhat petty in that Julia Thistlewaite’s response to the offense falls short of the offense itself.
Julia is embarrassed after discovering that she has literally become a caricature in a local society newspaper. That’s not a bad thing – her reputation has taken a hit, after all, and she’s acting on it. However, her immediate response is to seek revenge on Mr. Malcolm, to publicly humiliate him as she perceives, which is exacerbated after discovering a list of demands he has for a wife. Also, Julia’s wounded pride and ego causes her to pose as her friend, Selina Dalton, who has fallen in love with Mr. Malcolm, in an effort to ridicule and belittle him despite Selina’s protests more. late. While the issues are finally resolved, the central plot takes things in a different direction than its Regency counterparts, leaning into its plot instead of creating tension in other ways.
There is a lot of charm everywhere Mr. Malcolm’s List this will likely have viewers overlooking some things. Plus, the movie has plenty of comedic moments thanks, in large part, to Julia and the Thistlewaite house staff. The footman and the maid have personalities and opinions about what is going on around them. This is a notable departure from Austen-esque Regency movies where the staff members usually film in the background and have little say in the events of the story as they happen. that they unfold. On the contrary, the household staff of Mr. Malcolm’s List is comparable to the maids of Mia Thermopolis in The Diary of a Princess and palace employees in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagementall of which have memorable traits and are much more noticeable and fun when they appear in scenes.
Despite these differences, Mr. Malcolm’s List holds up well when it comes to Regency-era tropes and overall storytelling. It shares several similarities with Austen’s work and it’s clear that the film draws many of its influences from films such as Pride and Prejudice. Plus, the fact that it’s somewhat disparate from its contemporaries isn’t a bad thing, especially considering how many dramas there were in the Regency period. There has been a resurgence of Regency novels in recent times, with Bridgertonthe 2020s were received positively Emmaand Netflix’s next adaptation of Austen Persuasionand Mr. Malcolm’s List is yet another that fans of the subgenre can enjoy.
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