Pleasant surprise! I expected the worst, it was apparent from previews that this was a highly
dramatized depiction of the Mozart family. And while it does take creative license, the story is largely poetic; It's not a biography, as Shakespeare's Macbeth is not Mac Bethad Mac Findlaich's life. The director is giving us a fairytale set to the backdrop of Salzburg and Paris, part fairytale, part cautionary tale. He told it well. Its a very beautiful film, the textures of the costumes are alive, and the film is full of mood. Delicate lighting truly creates a sense of coldness, sadness. The acting is understated and convincing, Marie Feret and David Moreau have striking faces. I was especially impressed by the performance of Clovis Fouin, the troubled Dauphin. The characters are written complex, filling out a pensive script. Though a little slow, it is still engaging, its quietest scenes can be the most heart-breaking. It also captures life through the eyes of children, its a delicate film.
Waited on this for 2 years. At the 1st word it was out I drove to another city for it. I thought
Emily Browning had potential, despite a weak movie record, I find her doll-like look arresting. But she had no presence here, she came off like a child and gives an uninspired performance. I also was mislead by trailers, expecting a story where the line between fantasy & reality was murky. They don't make Repulsion or Picnic at Hanging Rock anymore, but I thought at least... Vanilla Sky, The Cell, Black Swan? They showed a haunting ambiance, with close-ups of drugs, a girl in bed dreaming; critics writing "gorgeous", "hypnotic." This suggested something dreamlike, but it was closer to a made-for-tv movie about hanging with the wrong crowd. And its not done well, they threw in every cliche in the book for her sad life. Her world of sex is uninteresting-- No David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick. No realism either, she looked far too clean-cut to be so desperate. So vapid I walked out halfway...enjoy
Mr. Anderson has imagination and classic movie making skills when it comes to horror and suspense,
he uses atmosphere and emotion to tell a story. The Machinist is an example of how creative he can be. Even when he's involved with something as gimmicky as the MOH series, it will be tastefully done, he doesn't stoop to sex scenes or violence. In this film he takes a scenario that could be laughable and begins to make it surprisingly spooky, things bump in the night, he also blurs the line between illusion, memory and reality well. Its reinforced by pretty good acting. Even Hayden Christensen has made some improvement since Star Wars. I was especially pleased by newcomer Jacob Latimore. But who let this screen writer out of film school? Everyone tried to breathe life into his paper-thin concept but it went into cardiac arrest in the end. It was so anticlimatic it hardly passes for finished, its like the writer stopped after the first paragraph of his idea. This could have been good...
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