Confused, confusing, pretentious but packed with great actors
- Youth review by PV
This is one of those pretentious films directed by a European director (Italy) with one eye on Cannes.
But I grow really tired of such navel-gazing auteur movies. Much of this film is confused and confusing - utterly pretentious at times too.
It would have been far better if the story had been told in a traditional way - the acting talent here (Paul Dano, Michael Caine etc) are wasted.
However, some parts are good - so if you just ignore the pretentious arty vignettes peppered throughout, it's an OK watch. Those pretentious bits are SO irritating though. They are the cinematic equivalent of waffle in an essay - as are gratuitous images of naked women!
So, worth a watch BUT not worth the praise some give it (or this director).
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
- Youth review by RG
The title to this review sums up the film in its entirety. Slow and very boring , its only the last 5 minutes that the film appears to come alive. Sugestion ......... give it a miss.
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Lovely art house film
- Youth review by DH
It's a moving, thought provoking film, beautifully acted by all concerned and with a great soundtrack. Worth watching for the scenery and setting also. All the great themes were there: friendship, love, ageing, death, talent, artistic integrity. Serious themes presented with a light touch of humour. Wonderful.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
- Youth review by AS
I only gave this one star because you can't give 0. I can only assume that the big names in this film, ie, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel have massive tax bills to pay and are trading on their names! Do not watch this, unless you are already on drugs.
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