Bright Young Things (2003) short review

A nice adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel Vile Bodies. The story follows Adam, who runs with the Paris Hiltons of 1920s London — rich, young, drugged out.  While parts are fun, it’s mostly sad as you see most of the main characters descend into drug addiction etc.  Emily Mortimer gives a great performance as Nina, Adam’s love interest, but it’s hard to get stressed about what will happen to their relationship when you realize how shallow she is.  There’s a nice bit with Harriet Walter (Fanny Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility) as a snobby society matron. The costumes are well done but nothing to die for.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.