I've got three pinatas in progress, Mr. G decided this morning that he doesn't want to be a snake today for costume day at school...just for Halloween (that muffled screaming you heard earlier was me--locked in a closet while on a self-imposed Time Out), we have a wedding tonight (I've nothing to wear, as usual--don't you hate fall weddings? Too cold and too wet to wear something short or strapless or bright-colored, too odd a time of year to pull out the black standbys that you've worn to countless winter weddings.), Mr. B's birthday party Sunday, flag football Saturday morning and a meal delivery on Sunday.
What's a girl to do? Why, indulge in a little muttonchop therapy, of course. I'm digging back to an old favorite from 1996--a lovely movie that a lot of people missed. If you are one of those people who missed it, put it on your Netflix queue and fix your problem immediately, okay?
Restoration. le sigh.
While not a Regency era film, it presents a hero every bit worthy of Jane Austin's attention. Restoration takes place during the reign of Charles II, opening in 1660. The Age of Restoration was filled with scientific discovery, artistic exploration, natural disaster, religious superstition and changing medical practices as The Plague swept through Europe. It's a saga, it won 2 Oscars and Meg Ryan isn't even that annoying in it. The costumes, landscape, cinematography and longing gazes across ballrooms are all swoonworthy.
Robert Downey Jr. plays our hero, Robert Merivel, a physician whose fortunes rise and fall under the influence of all of the aforementioned forces. Summoned by the king to court, Robert Merivel falls in love with the King's mistress, is placed in a an estate which he restores, is banished, works in a Quaker-run mental assylum, falls in love with a patient, watches his wife die during the Great Plague while his daughter is born,
and survives the Great Fire of London. The breadth of plot and history is impressive (it's an educational film). Robert Merivel is handsome and brilliant, talented and alluring. Restoration is echoed in his character as he evolves from a simple man to a lecherous man in the glamourous world of Court to a fallen man with a true understanding of what is Valuable and Important in Life.
I'll grant you that technically the time period isn't muttonchoppy. It's a bit frilly and fancy. I do prefer the Regency Era, more understated, shorter hair.
But can you honestly look at that face and not feel seduced? Under that gaze a gal's got to loosen her corset a little, remove a few hairpins and let loose a gasp of pleasure.
Don't you feel just an eensy bit restored? If not, what's your restorative pleasure this Friday?