This film does many things so right, yet it just does so many more things. Excellence is present here, but mediocrity prevails.
Williams' score is powerful, but it's often backed by plodding pacing. Beebe's cinematography is breathtaking (particularly that fabric in the water scene), but it's set against a cinematic tapestry, stretched long and thin and bare and kinda boring.
Ziyi performs well here and is extremely believable as the region's most famous Geisha, but my, my does Michelle Yeoh ensnare and hold my attention. She is stunning in this film, in both acting and aesthetics.