Francis Ford Coppola
Alexandra Maria Lara
At first, I was going to write ďI didnít get itĒ somewhere in my review, but then I paused and realized that would imply it was somehow my fault the film didnít make sense. I donít think anyone will ďgetĒ this film because Coppola has created a film that isnít ďgettableĒ. It literally makes no sense at all and doesnít even try to offer an explanation to any of the events on screen. Just when you think you might have a handle on whatís going on, it takes a turn and goes in a completely different direction. Itís almost two different films, neither of which have any structure or arc.
On a positive note, the cinematography and scenery had flashes of Coppola. Itís not nearly enough to make the film watchable, but at least there are signs that what made Coppola so great is still hiding in there somewhere. Iíve heard that the book this film is based on is very good, so I canít imagine itís as empty as the movie.
No one could have done a better job with the script, but Tim Roth didnít seem like the best choice for this role. Although intense, Roth isnít an emotional actor, especially not one required to pull this character off. But again, the lack of character depth or background isnít Rothís fault. Everyone else did fine, and I was impressed with the lovely Alexandra Maria Lara. I had never seen her before and I thought she gave a good performance, even if I didnít understand her character.
Making of Youth Without Youth (8:41): This is pretty much a fluff piece to promote the film and all of the comments are pretty generic. All of them say the right things, but again, I didnít see the results on screen.
Music For Youth Without Youth (26:49): Iím not sure why the music gets a 27 minute featurette and the making of the entire film only gets 9 minutes. Anyway, this had a lot of movie scenes with the music highlighted. I found it to be very boring, but the score to the film wasnít bad.
Youth Without Youth Makeup (18:02): Again, we really didnít need 18 minutes dedicated to makeup. Either way, this one focused on the makeup in the film and the methods they used to make the characters look older. This is the better of the three featurettes because it contained more behind the scenes featurettes and had more interesting subject matter.
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