Rewatched this the other night with my gf cause she wanted to see if it held up (I hardly remembered it as well) and I have to say, not really. Cute concept, and some quirky dialogue here and there but the storyline involving the boneys just wasn't good. Not to mention they look horrible thanks to aged CGI. Nicholas Hoult is great in this despite everything else holding it back, even if he is a bit cheesy at times. I understand it's not a film to take super seriously, but I enjoyed it for what it had to offer.
Great performance from Nicole Kidman, but I feel the documentary style they had going for this didn't hit right for me. The concept has worked before in comedic settings, but I feel as this comes off as a light Coen Bros aesthetic. Nothing wrong with that, but I feel like it could've been ditched and worked better without it.
All in all, lots of great actors in this film and definitely worth your time if you enjoy dark comedy.
First off, I want to say this might be the best period piece I've ever seen. Perhaps, the greatest of all time (if only he was able to finish the Napoleon biopic). Long shots imitating paintings, costumes that only time travelers could have acquired, and an atmosphere only Kubrick could nail. You can tell how well crafted this film is, literally in every single shot. The audience is placed into 18th century Europe, as if the pages of the book…
Never, oh! never, nothing will die; the stream flows, the wind blows, the cloud fleets, the heart beats.
I wasn't expecting this to be so emotional, but it expresses something that everyone should aware of. As cheesy as this sounds, we should always treat each other with respect. I have experienced myself that compassion is a trait many lack, when it is something we should all hold dearly.
John Hurt gives an absolute astonishing performance, and if you don't take anything else away from this movie it should be that at least.