• Visually inspired baroque fantasy
  • Starts with a long tracking shot walking and arriving into this amazing world
  • Décor detail is truly inspired- there interior of the castle with the maze-like walls
  • A gorgeous shot on a bridge before the Toby Jones introduction
  • The maze—Kubrick in The Shining
  • The three thrones are beautifully designed- ornate
  • It’s eerie and unsettling but there’s deadpan humor as well that’s quite effective. In a aftermath of an orgy scene with Vincent Cassel (perfectly cast as a sexual marauder for the 10th time) he kicks a peacock out of the way- it’s great
  • Shot of Cassel walking down a hall of windows- stunning
  • Garrone really sets the frame—meticulous- Wes Anderson or Kubrickian level of symmetry
  • The leaders of the three kingdoms are absurd and the entire film is really about unchecked hubris backfiring
  • On-location shooting in Tuscany—gorgeous establishing shots—the emerald green forest
  • A rock solid Desplat score
  • An eye for architecture
  • There’s a bit of Bela Tarr in the off-putting rhythms and world being created here— eerie
  • Recommend- leaning HR with another viewing