Mysteries of Lisbon ★★★★★

We are not worthy of films this good. This is one of those that immediately makes it onto your favorites list and for good reason. For starters, Mysteries of Lisbon is one of the most gorgeous films I've ever had the privilege to lay my eyes on. Every frame was meticulously constructed for peak visual appreciation. Me while watching: wow that's a great shot, wow that's a great shot, wow that's a great shot, you get the idea.

But visuals alone do not make a 5 star film. There needs to be more there to sink yourself into and this film has it. A multifaceted decade spanning drama showing how the lives of a select group of people intersect across Western Europe in the 1800s. It seems like a 4 hour period costume drama would be stiff and hard to follow. That is not the case here, as this was one of the most vibrant and alive I've felt watching a film in a long time.

I'm struggling to find the words to explain just how great this film truly is. I will ultimately say that this is exactly the type of film that a 5 star rating should be reserved for. The type of film which contributes to the back bone of your cinematic sensibilities. This film does that in more ways than I am able to express properly here.