When you know The Chaperone is from the people who wrote and directed Downton Abbey, you know it is going to be lavish and rich in the atmosphere of the flapper era. When you see the cast list contains the likes of Blythe Danner, Miranda Otto, Haley Lu Richardson, and Elizabeth McGovern and Géza Rhrig, you know you are in for a great bit of acting. The Chaperone does not disappoint as a period piece with director Michael Engler and screenwriter Julian Fellowes bringing a fascinating slice of pre-Hollywood history to light in a coming-of-age story.
When a young, free-spirited and soon-to-be international screen starlet Louise Brooks (Richardson) receives an invitation to study dance in New York, she needs a chaperone before she can go. Norma (McGovern) volunteers to accompany her. Life in New York is a far cry from Wichita Kansas. The film follows both women on their journey of self-discovery. The Chaperone is a sensitive, and illuminating look into women's lives in the early 20th century.