the chaperone

Director: Michael Engler (debut)

Starring: elizabeth mcgovern, haley lu richardson, geza rohrig, and campbell scott

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

The life of a Kansas woman is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer.

Remember when Downton Abbey was the must watch TV series during the early 2010's? It was everywhere with people having high tea watching parties and waiting with baited breath for the next season the following year. 

Although set in America instead of jolly old England, The Chaperone will be right up the alley of any Downton fan not just because of the period that its set in but because Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Elizabeth McGovern aka Lady Crawley stars in it too. And The Chaperone is a pleasant period piece. 

Louise Brooks is a rebellious 15-year-old schoolgirl who dreams of fame and fortune in the early 1920s. She soon gets her chance when she travels to New York to study with a leading dance troupe for the summer - accompanied by a watchful chaperone.

Film blurbs can be a little deceiving - even though The Chaperone follows Louise Brook's exploits in New York learning to dance, the film appears to focus more on Norma the chaperone's journey than it does on Brooks. 

The film isn't any worse of for it and what unravels is a pleasant and enjoyable tale. Although it won't go down as a classic of the genre, The Chaperone is aptly led by Elizabeth McGovern with an absolutely first class production, score, and story. Put on the kettle, grab some scones and jam and settle in to be warmly entertained. 

The Chaperone is a pleasant tale that fans of Downton Abbey and period costume dramas will thoroughly enjoy

★★★

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The Chaperone is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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