U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-01-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sensuality, Brief Nudity)
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast: John Lone, Wu Junmei, Ric Young, Maggie Han, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dennis Dun, Victor Wong, Ying Ruocheng, Peter O’Toole, Joan Chen, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa
In addition to cementing its reputation with the Oscar win, "The Last Emperor" illustrated that Bertolucci could do more than make lurid artistic fare.
Stands out from most surviving silent films in both its epic scope and ability to craft scenes and images that remain effective nearly 100 years later.
It’s more of the same: Violence-saturated eye candy used to buff Smith’s ego and inflate his bank account.
Although the structure is designed to mimic that of a standard police procedural, the movie is really about the ugly side of human nature.
Will likely satisfy audiences who go in with appropriately established expectations because, for what it is, the film is solidly entertaining.
Although "Terms of Endearment" may be a passable way to spend a couple of hours, to label it as the Best Picture of 1983 (or any year) is a miscarriage.
The filmmakers seem unconcerned about appealing to anyone who isn’t a 9-year old boy; aside from the occasional throw-away line, there’s little here to interest adults.
Despite the whiff of “Oscar bait” surrounding the production, it’s a well-made, affecting tale about do-gooders who do good rather than merely muddying the waters.
Because of the strength of the acting (Ronan’s in particular) and Gerwig’s unusual reworking of the novel’s chronology and ending, it deserves to be seen.