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Emma Corrin, most famous for playing an outcast and dissatisfied British royal wife, transitioned to the role of… an outcast and dissatisfied British aristocratic wife.

And just as Corrin was just as moving as young Princess Diana in Netflix’s “The Crown,” so she is alluring and irrepressible as Lady Chatterley in the streamer’s new film “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

movie review

Duration: 126 minutes.
Rated R (strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and some language). On Netflix December 2.

The adaptation of DH Lawrence’s once widely banned novel, directed with class and trash by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, is as gripping as you’d hope a 2022 version of the rolling stock would be. The extensive sex scenes follow the relentless lines of Hulu’s “Normal People.” as they should be You can’t do a prudish “Chatterley” very well.

But before tearing off her clothes in ecstasy, Constance is the devoted new bride of Sir Clifford Chatterley (nice, not stuffy Matthew Duckett) who, though he is expected to have an heir to inherit his Wragby estate, marries her strictly for love.

When he leaves for war and is paralyzed from the waist down, unable to have children anymore, he suggests to his wife that they have an affair to have a baby. What the servants and townspeople don’t know won’t hurt them.

Lady Chatterley (Emma Corrin) hits it off with the game warden (Jack O’Connell) in “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”
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She bonds with Oliver (Jack O’Connell), the working-class game ranger, who is not only tough and handsome and lives in a romantic cabin in the woods, but also has a passion for reading. A work of fiction, in fact.

But their encounters in the woods, which don’t involve much conversation with Lady Chatterley, take a very risky turn when the couple fall in love, and her husband’s caretaker, Mrs. Bolton (Joely Richardson), finds out about the affair. The prospect of staying with an increasingly embittered Clifford becomes torture.

Constance's home life begins to unravel as she grows closer and closer to Oliver.
Constance’s (Emma Corrin) home life begins to unravel as she grows closer and closer to Oliver.
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“Chatterley” is the book that launched a thousand tales, and this story, with its class divisions, risky adventure, and sexual awakening, is ubiquitous in movies, television, and novels. Lawrence’s work has been adapted countless times.

With plot surprises off the table, their success comes down to the choice of Connie and Oliver and the tension and heat they summon to melt frigid Wragby. And Corrin and O’Connell are hot as ghost pepper.

O’Connell slyly walks the line between a stud here’s your firewood, lady in a couples role-playing game and the kind of layered, complex and sensitive you’d find in a BBC period drama. It’s easy to believe that he and Corrin live in their shack.

Oliver (Jack O'Connell) not only works with nature and is a heartthrob, he loves to read.
Oliver (Jack O’Connell) not only works with nature and is a heartthrob, he loves to read.
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As for the mega-talented Corrin, those oceanic eyes were much talked about in relation to Princess Diana’s piercing stares during “The Crown.” But Corrin’s eyes are just as devastating and dreamy in a character with her own unique struggles and a different old-world maturity. The performer conveys the euphoria of an —essential— adventure with the same force as the pressures and terror of one.

She’s only 26 and Corrin’s career is already, like Lady Chatterley and Oliver’s loins, on fire.

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