The Great Beauty

Extravagant, stylish, meandering yet precise... this is not my favorite type of movie these days, but in the right headspace an absolutely spectacular film. I think the way it lands at its final point perfectly ties everything together, yet it somehow feels like a bit of a let down—like, 'this was what this whole thing was about, old men seeking inspiration in beauty or whateva?' I'm oversimplifying, but only to say that it feels like I probably need to watch it again to see more of the depth in the writing and structure of it. I was mostly marveling at the incredible set pieces and the directorial choices that feel bold without being overly showy.

(Everyone in iIaly appears to have a cinematic face, would like to see a separate movie on nearly every face that appears in this.)