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 4 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.