Decline and Fall (2017)

James Wood's sharp adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's deliciously satirical  Decline and Fall is an oft hilarious period comedy, featuring brilliant dialogue, wonderfully ridiculous turns of plot, and a raft of decidedly memorable scene-stealing supporting turns.


"Paul Pennyfeather, a dedicated divinity student set upon a quiet life of contemplation as a priest, is unceremoniously expelled from Oxford University through no fault of his own. This kickstarts a series of disastrous events that no-one, least of all Paul, could have anticipated. Without a private fortune to fall back on, Paul is forced to take a position as a teacher at a substandard boarding school in rural Wales. All too quickly it becomes apparent that Paul is not a natural disciplinarian. He finds scant comfort in drinking to excess with the other teachers. Things start to look up, however, when Paul meets Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a wealthy widow and a mother to one of the boys at the school. Could it be that the attraction Paul feels for Margot is returned? Could his fortunes be changing?" Acorn Media

File under: 2017, UKJames Wood, Evelyn Waugh, Guillem Morales