Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tulip Fever

I remember getting the original novel that this movie is based on years ago, and not being able to finish it although at the time it was hugely popular.  A bestie invited me to see the movie today, and I had seen the shorts and was looking forward to it.

Visually the set and costumes brought you straight into the period - the costume and set designers had done their jobs superbly.  Everything looked straight out of the amazing paintings that litter the walls of all the great art museums.  The story itself was good, but there just seemed to be something lacking in this movie, I think the chemistry was lacking between the main characters, they all seemed a bit wooden in their roles.  Although we were given a few sex scenes, they seemed to lack any passion and it is often the quieter moments when a look or a glance or a touch is more real and full of emotion, and there were little to none of these given to the audience.

I wanted the movie to flow too, and yet it felt a little disjointed and slow, trudging through the scenes.  What could have been a great movie, was just ok.  3/5


sallyhicks said...

That sounds disappointing.i have been waiting for this film to come out. I loved the book and although it is years since I read it th descriptions in the book is memorable. I don't want to put a spoiler in this so will just say "the bite' was most memorable.

John Bellen said...

Not all books translate well to movies, though as you pointed out, it may be the fault of casting, and direction. Then again, the book didn't seem to find favour with you, either, so the problems may be a bit deeper.