There's a certain point where it begins to drag quite a bit for me but that might just be me not being much into musicals, despite not thinking all that much of it (it's okay, enjoyable enough but nothing I'd want to watch again), it at least softened me up a bit in my hate of Vincente Minnelli - something that started after the excruciating experience of sitting through Gigi and wasn't made much better by An American in Paris.…
It's an insane achievement, one that I respect a lot even if I have to admit that it wasn't really my thing. Especially after suffering through Out 1, that this was at least watchable - more than that even, parts were genuinely enjoyable, and sitting through the longest film I ever watched, despite not liking it, didn't turn out to be the chore I feared. The biggest problem for me wasn't the runtime or the concept as a whole (even…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My interpretation of the film:
FULL OF SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING IN THE FILM
The film shows the constant circle of violence (unnecessarily mentioned in the "anger begets greater anger" that's the worst scene of the film for me because it explains the point of the film way too blatantly) that can not be stopped by an incapable justice system and police force. The violence that happens (the rape and death of Angela Hayes) is never brought to justice. Neither is…
The different stories don't work together too well and it almost falls apart in the last third but there are many brilliant scenes that redeem it. Portman and Bardem are as terrific as usual and Skarsgard also gives a really good performance as Francisco Goya. The film portrays this dark chapter in Spanish history very well and while being about as accurate as in Amadeus Forman still delivers a great period drama that's most of the time simply brilliant.