London, 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general.
It was the illness of Keats' younger brother that drew them together. Keats was touched by Fanny's efforts to help and agreed to teach her poetry.
By the time Fanny's alarmed mother and Keats' best friend Brown realized their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats' illness proved insurmountable in their infinite love.
Ed. Note: We're certain if we had learned the real story behind John Keats' poetry in high school English class (as it is portrayed in "Bright Star") we would have paid A LOT more attention to his beautiful prose. This movie isn't for everyone, but if you have a middle/high schooler (or even yourself) in love with books, poetry or costume dramas, they will fall head-over-heels for "Bright Star."