Historical dramas based on real-life events often provide for some of the more riveting bits of movie storytelling. Since the tale is true and it actually happened, this makes the audience feel as though what they’re watching on screen is honest and believable because it is. Effie Gray is just this type of film and while the dark premise is unpleasant at times, it is actually quite gripping. Child actress-turned young leading lady Dakota Fanning anchors the film exceptionally well and at just 21 years of age, she has taken Effie Gray and truly made it her own. One simply can’t take their eyes off of her because she is just that good and her performance definitely deserves a few award nominations come later this year.