And one of the other actors is nearly as good as Bening, and another is even better than she. The Margo Channing of s London. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. The project is based on a familiar device: Julia suggests a romantic tryst, and he gently tells her that he's gay. Annette Bening heads 'Being Julia' cast: Add your rating See all 1 kid review.
She seems miscast in the early scenes, too down-to-earth and Californian to be Julia Lambert, an English stage diva having a mid-life crisis.
There are plenty of great actors around but it's Bening's movie from start to finish. Annette Bening does some savvy, colorful acting here, but the material is broadly-drawn, unsubtle and a bit distracting the viewer is seldom sure how to take the characters, especially at crucial points in the beginning, and since Julia is such a drama queen anyway, it's unclear how we're supposed to feel about her when she's hurting. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Had I known, I would have seen Being Julia when it came out in the movie-movies. Rosemary Harris and Rita Tushingham, however, are wasted in a throwaway scene. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Also, their arresting visual sense power the story in the eeriest of ways, from the sweeping vistas of desert and sky to the surreal appearance of a glistening white mansion where an ancient village once stood.
Her stage background at American Conservatory Theater shows in her multilayered tour de force. Annette Bening is great, but this isn't for kids. Other technical aspects of the movie were well done, too. And Ah yes there were echos of All About Eve but alas this film isn't in that class. Annette Bening and Shaun Evans: She seems miscast in the early scenes, too down-to-earth and Californian to be Julia Lambert, an English stage diva having a mid-life crisis.