– 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve finally seen An Education! Bet it would be better on a large screen.

Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan), a 16-year-old who is trying to get into Oxford on her father’s wishes. One rainy afternoon, she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), and her life changes forever. She is able to pursue her cultural interests – attending classical concerts, bid at auctions, have dinners at fancy restaurants and going to Paris. However, the truth about David hits her after she gives up her chance at getting to Oxford.

Peter Sarsgaard is so creepy! As the older guy trying to woo Jenny, he was very charming even with her parents? No wonder all of them fell for it. I guess anyone in Jenny’s shoes would find the opportunity to good to pass especially when her father dictates everything in her life and she gets to follow her life’s passions whenever David is around. Carey Mulligan plays Jenny really well – no wonder she got nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. I can feel her anguish when she realized everything she knew about David was a hoax and that her life was over because she gave up her chance at a degree. It shows how important it is for females to be able to stand on her own feet and not be over-reliant on men. Anyway, I’m so glad the ending happened the way it did. 4 and a half out of 5 stars.

Jenny Mellor: Action is character, my English teacher says. I think it means that if we never did anything, we wouldn’t be anybody.

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