Directed by Luca Guadagnino. 114 mins.
Worth my time? Yes. (Seen at Laemmle’s Fallbrook)
Guadagnino’s tale of an upper-crust dynasty’s decline is kinda like a Faberge egg; the plotlines all come off as tangential without a solid core (and they clearly had no idea how to resolve them, as the sappy final act suggests), but damned if the shell isn’t brimming with gold and jewels.
The visuals in this film are intoxicating, and the production design – from the food to the furniture – are good enough to be photographed and hung in a museum. John Adams’ score adds immensely to the experiences, and the intensity it lends to the final scene almost made me forgive the rushed ending.
PS: Whenever I saw Tilda Swinton onscreen, I thought to myself, “That’s Tilda Swinton.” Why’d they cast a Scot?
(Watched and originally written during Summer 2010 when I was on a real movie bender)