Strange, enigmatic, perplexing, but compelling film. Use of widescreen is brilliant.
This is magnificent. It is Sorrentino at his baroque best: the grand sweeping camera movements, the flamboyant editing, the opulence of imagery, the playfully surreal touches, and those precious moments of stillness and sensitivity; all played like the most ostentatious of operas, yet with the delicate complexity of an exquisitely crafted fugue. And through it all, with the comforting surety of a clear bass line, is the understated performance of Sorrentino alter-ego, Toni Servillo, at his brilliant best.
For me, this is as near to perfect as you get. Composition, framing and editing are stunnning; characterisations are rounded, and achieved with such economy of writing as well as beautifully understated depth of performance; subject matter is both gently funny and lightly mocking, but never sneering - always with great empathy and understanding for the characters.
Brief but fascinating post-screening Q&A with the director.