05 July 2010
Barry Lyndon (1975)
I'm a man who would rather be known as a cuckold than a fool.
So basically: Barry Lyndon is a man from Ireland who fell for his cousin. However, his cousin is engaged to someone else. In order to win her hand, he challenges her fiance to a duel; which he wins. His family then forces him out to Dublin, on the run for killing the man. Before he reaches his destination, he is robbed and has naught but the clothes on his back and the boots on his feet. Without any other opportunities, Barry must join the British Army and fight in the Seven Years War. This starts his journey throughout the continent and back into England and the aristocracy.
It's hard to believe that one of my fav directors of all time is Stanley Kubrick as this is the second movie on the list of his and also another one that is, unfortunately, not going to get that great a review from me. I'm not going to deny that it's a beautiful picture. Stanley Kubrick is a genius after all. And the music! I love the music in this film and it's defs one of the highlights. The narration is done beautifully as well; not many films can pull of narration - I can think of a few off hand. I hated the character of Barry Lyndon, and I know I'm not supposed to like him, but I didn't even like him in the way that you're supposed to like the anti-hero.
I hate to say it but I just don't get why people love this film so much. I'd suggest checking it out for yourself, if you like 18th century movies, but no, this doesn't deserve to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!