I watched this movie last night and my overall impression was a good one, but the film is dark and shadowy (the coloration - not the subject matter). A lot of it takes place at night or indoors, and it was sometimes hard to see on my smallish TV. This is another one that I am sure is better viewed on the large screen.
I read the book when it first came out and I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to know what happened, but I didn't want it to end. I loved the book. They did a good job of translating it to the screen, but I wish they had shown something from the beginning chapters, which tell of the hardships the girls endured before they were taken to the big city.
The actors and actresses were all gorgeous to look at and very good at their craft, the costuming was superb, the music (John Williams) was wonderful, as his usually is. There is a nice balance of mystery, intrigue, jealousy and humanity in the movie. I recommend it.
Terri, from Island Writer, has also done a review of it in her post today. See it at http://www.islandwriter.net/
I've been cleaning my guest bathroom today; not the fixtures, but windows, knick-knacks, lights, etc. I might take some photos of it and post later. It is an odd color scheme, chosen because of the avocado formica countertop, which we didn't want to change when we moved here. It's decorated with my aunt's hand-painted Toleware from the 50's and 60's. Some of you have already seen the barbershop sign from that room. If not, see it in my archives for 11-18-05.