A Hazard of Hearts


Dir: John Hough
Star: Helena Bonham-Carter, Edward Fox, Diana Rigg, Gareth Hunt

[10] Avoiding the usual TC film accompaniment of a can of Guinness, a box of choccies was considered more appropriate for this Babs Cartland inspired melodrama. Taken in the right spirit, it's fun - a thoroughly evil villain (Fox) menacing poor orphaned heiress (and part-time gambling stake) Bonham-Carter, Gareth Hunt as a highwayman for very little reason and Diana Rigg spitting poison and chewing scenery, some time before Mother Love. Though not quite Gothic enough (it needed a "Gone, and never called me Mother!" scene) and with some stultifyingly inept performances - we won't mention names - it wasn't as sugary as I expected given the author and any sick feeling can be blamed on an overdose of Milk Tray. Pass the soft centres.

8/10


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