There's always a risk inherent in adapting a lengthy classic novel, and pacing is often the first casualty. Such is the case with Mira Nair's version of William Thackery's Vanity Fair. Despite impeccable production values and some impressive supporting performances, the film suffers from choppiness and a sense that too much is being crammed into the two-hour twenty-minute running time. One could argue that Nair did the best that's humanly possible with the story considering the natural constraints of a motion picture, but, although the film is entertaining and eminently watchable, one could easily argue that it does not do full justice to its source material.
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