Interesting history, told in a very heavy handed and not very interesting way.
I can remember seeing the first of this sequel trilogy in theaters and enjoying some of the homages to Jurassic Park, as well as thinking the park itself would be pretty cool to visit. On subsequent viewings, it was borderline unwatchable, but at least it had that charm the first time.
All the charm is gone.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember this film coming out near the same time The Illusionist with Edward Norton did, and thinking, 'Wow, two guys had the same idea at the same time.'
Of course, the two films are markedly different, but I remember liking The Illusionist more on initial viewing than The Prestige because I wasn't really into the science fiction aspect of the latter.
Fast forward several years, and my opinion has turned. That is mostly because the writing in this film…
A pretty poor, pretty boring, way-too-long film that is buoyed by an excellent, manic performance from Marion Cotillard.
La Vie en Rose is too heavy-handed with it's presentation of the famous chanteuse's life, and it doesn't hit on anything you haven't seen in a biopic before. She was an orphan for a time, she overcame blindness, she got hopelessly addicted to painkillers and ruined her career and her life. But she lived it the way she wanted! Elle ne regrette…