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Goya's Ghost
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02.26.2008 By: Jason Adams
Goya's Ghost order
Director:
Milos Forman

Actors:
Javier Bardem
Natalie Portman
Stellan Skarsgård

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A wealthy girl who models for renowned painter Francisco Goya is imprisoned for moral misconduct during the Spanish Inquisition. As Goya and her family futilely petition for her release from prison, they enlist the help of a corrupt priest. This sets in motion a series of complex events that continue for years as France and Spain fall in to revolution. And by “years,” I mean that’s how long the movie felt.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is going to be a shorter review than normal, mainly because GOYA’S GHOST bored the hell out of me and I don’t have much more to say than that. I know it’s from Milos Forman, whose ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is a personal favorite, but I still th—zzzzzzzzzzzz…

I dig Francisco Goya’s artwork and wouldn’t mind a movie about his life. Unfortunately, this is not that story. I don’t know what story Forman wanted to tell, which is the film’s biggest problem. It attempts to cover the Spanish inquisition, bits and pieces of Goya’s life and artwork, the politics of revolution, a historical debate on religion vs. secularism and a typical costume drama. There are a couple intense scenes that are effective, but the whole thing amounts to a waste of time for the talented people involved.

Even a solid cast can’t do anything to salvage this. Stellan Skarsgård’s Goya is relegated to a bystander for most of the movie. Javier Bardem does fine, but I had a hard time getting past his bizarre accent. Natalie Portman’s performance ranges from convincing to laughably bad, although her character goes through quite a physical transformation. (Her much-hyped nude scene is probably a body double and takes place during a torture scene to boot.) And I don’t know why, but it’s hilarious seeing Randy Quaid in a period piece, let alone playing the King of Spain.
THE EXTRAS
Behind The Scenes (2:08): Don’t want to sit through the movie? Watch this featurette instead, because it pretty much sums up the whole thing in two minutes.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Even Natalie Portman’s potential nudity couldn’t stop GOYA’S GHOST from putting me to sleep.

Extra Tidbit: Director Milos Forman and producer Saul Zaentz both won Oscars for their previous collaborations, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and AMADEUS. Two out of three isn’t a bad record.
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