REVIEW: GOYA'S GHOST
Seven years after directing
"Man on the Moon", two time Academy Award winner Milos
Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ) returns with the film "Goya's Ghost".
This is a film written and
directed by Milos and starring by Academy Award nominee
Natalie Portman, Academy Award nominee Javier Bardem
and Stellan Skarsgård. The film was released theatrically in
the US back on July 20, 2007 and distributed by Samuel
The film takes place in the
18th century at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and the
start of Napoleon's invasion in Spain. Goya's Ghost tells
the story of Ines (Natalie Portman) who is Goya's teenage
muse. The life of Ines and her family changes when she is
falsely accused of heresy and sent to prison.
The title of this film may
mislead a lot of people in to think that this is a
biography film about the life of famous Spanish painter
Francisco Goya, but is not. This is probably why this film
didn't get the attention of many movie goers when the film
was released back on July. Milos did a great job in
presenting the artistic talent of Goya's work, from the
painting of the queen to the painting of his muse Ines.
However, Milos felt short in his attempt to create and epic
film. It is hard to remember a character that impacted the
audience in any way.
The movie is well presented
with an outstanding cinematography an excellent custom
design capturing the essence of the period and
transporting the audience back to the 18th century. Natalie
Portman, Javier Bardem
and Stellan Skarsgård's performances were good,
Unfortunately the script didn't offer any challenges for
this power house cast.
Overall the film is
entertaining and provides an excellent cinematography, but
at the end it makes you feel like something was missing.
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Spanish and French
5.1 (Dolby Digital).
Subtitles - English Spanish - Optional
Behind the Scenes Featurette This is probably
the smallest behind the scenes feature that I have seeing.
Only 2 minutes and includes little comments by the director,
producer and cast.(2:08)
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