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The best way to sum up what this movie represents, and how you might feel before watching it altogether is simply, “never judge a book by it’s cover.” A lovely piano-forward serenade introduces us to the world we will be engulfed in for the next two hours, and it perfectly captures and encompasses the magic of the locations and settings in a way that makes you excited for reasons you cannot yet explain. The set design accompanied by the extremely well thought out establishing shots take your breath away throughout the film, and always make you feel as though you are right there with the beautifully sweet main character of Mrs. Harris.
Lesley Manville is certainly no beginner to acting, as she has over a hundred acting credits to her name. But something about this role in particular makes her shine like she never has before. The way she uses her eyes to say more than she ever could with her words is not an ability many can possess convincingly. Every time you see happiness on Mrs. Harris’ face, or surprise, or even embarrassment, you cannot help but smile with a warmth in your heart.
After watching, it may be seen as a cop-out to recognize this movie as a contender for costume design for the Oscars. But, without a doubt, it should be nonetheless. The outfits were period accurate and a centerpiece to the movie as a whole, much like you would expect from the likes of The Devil Wears Prada, or Cruella.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is full of heart at its core. It is beautiful inside and out, both from its excellent set pieces, score, cinematography, costumes and script, down to the message and character’s motivations themselves.
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