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Vanity Fair (review)

William Makespeace Thackeray’s beloved novel gets another filmic adaptation, and if the sprawling lushness of its epic length is lost in the reduction to two and a half hours, that’s more than made up for by wickedly witty humor, sumptuous visuals, and the delightfully impish Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde) as heroine Becky Sharp. Director Mira Nair — no stranger to pointed but affectionate social satire; she made the delicious Monsoon Wedding — revels in Thackeray’s lampooning of genteel class warfare, spreading upper-class Regency England and Becky’s games of social climbing before us like a feast to be devoured. Consume with relish.

MPAA: rated PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

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