A good period piece is one that you’ll want to watch over and over again. And after the popularity of Bridgerton the past couple of years, we’re going to see more hitting the screen. Breaking away from the Jane Austin adaptations, which hold their own place in the genre, we have another period romance hitting the screen in July. Mr. Malcolm’s List is a Regency Era love story based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Allain.
The story hits all of the romantic storyline tropes, the will they won’t they love affair, betrayal, the scheming best friend and so much more – but only in the ways that keep you entertained. It’s not like The Golden Age on HBO that drags viewers on a laborious trip through a historical period that is actually interesting, but instead, Mr. Malcolm’s List weaves a story that will keep viewers locked on the screen with not just the glitz and glamour of the upper-class society.
After being jilted by Mr. Malcolm, Julia Thistlewaite finds out that he has a list of requirements for his future wife that she didn’t meet. While this list may seem cold and calculated, the idea that someone has an idea of what they are looking for, at least in modern times isn’t as far off from reality as you would think. After being humiliated, Julia has her childhood friend Selina Dalton at her side and a plot to humiliate Mr. Malcolm by making him look foolish and revealing a list of her own. What she doesn’t anticipate is the actual relationship that develops between Selina and Jeremiah.
Yes, audiences have seen this type of storyline play out over and over again on the screen. But that doesn’t mean the movie and story aren’t ones that fans will enjoy. The flirty romance and intelligence between the two main characters are nothing short of intoxicating and enjoyable. Mr. Malcolm’s List will become one of those fans of period pieces that will want to revisit again and again.
While it does focus on a headstrong and jealous friend who lashes out and almost costs everyone everything, the show also focuses on a strong, intelligent and kind heroine – something that is often left out and these stories. We’re often left with the main character who is lovesick, vapid, or who are so stuck in her own world and intelligence she lacks the social cues or balances that we often see in reality. It’s nice to see a balanced and whole woman portrayed on the screen compared to the narrow one-sided character that often is written for film.
Mr. Malcolm’s List will be released in theaters on July 1st. This flirty and different take on Regency Era romance will be a must-see for romance film lovers as well as viewers who like period pieces.
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About Mr. Malcolm’s List:
When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax. Also starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park, with Theo James.