In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. 'Final Portrait' is a bewitching portrait of a genius. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.
Interesting, well acted, beautiful script, almost like a documentary in style.
If you like art, hate cgi and violence , you will enjoy this movie.
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Like watching paint dry - literally
- Final Portrait review by JR
You would think that watching a film about a man sitting for a portrait would be dull. And it is. Lots of cigarette smoking, some 60's and Paris cliches.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Getting to the character
- Final Portrait review by RR
Check the trailer, if you like that you'll like this, exactly what I thought I was going to watch, a situation and the people therein, a good look at character, I enjoyed it and found a lot of real life humour in it.
It's a pity that such an interesting subject should produce such a dull movie. At face value, Lord is a shallow individual without much of a story or life. The highlights consist of a screaming whore who punctuates the grey landscape. Rush's French accent punctuated with an Australian pronunciation did raise a laugh, earning the film it's one star.