Jaded journo Jep Gambardella (Servillo) lives the Roman high life, swaying from one decadent party to another. But the tolling of time and the superficiality of the scene is taking its toil.
A specific evocation of time and place that nonetheless continues to shape the global perception of Italian culture, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is a film of such reflective surfaces that it practically defies homage. But that’s what Italian super-stylist Paolo Sorrentino has more or less attempted in this richly visualised, vignette-based meditation on 21st-century excess and ecstasy in the Italian capital, as seen through the eyes of Toni Servillo’s privileged but jaded journalist. At once damning and celebratory, the film’s extreme self-indulgence is rather its point; some will thrill to its florid sensibility, others may feel the need for a Maalox.
Sumptuous and self-indulgent, Sorrentino's latest is a Fellini-like feast for the eyes.
Reviewed by Guy Lodge
| RE: The Great Beauty|
Plays at times like a more conventional, less daring version of 1972’s Roma...On its own merits, Sorrentino’s film ain’t half-bad, but it’s no Fellini picture. ... More
Posted by chang at 12:08, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post
|Fascinating film that stays with you long after|
Rather disappointed in the paper thin review of a near two-and-a-half-hour feast for the eyes. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the film, especially the magnificent Tony Servillo, I'm not going to pretend that I understood all of the themes or subtle hints in the film, so to go to Empire and only find a paragraph of filler that lacks any substantial comment hardly reflects well on the "World's Biggest Movie Magazine". ... More
Posted by The Real Alex Young at 18:32, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post
|Neither Florid nor Fellini|
I think Fellini is the great red herring here - the superificial set-up and easy go-to that doesn't bear real examination. Where his dreadful La Dolce Vita has caricature that seems to come from dreadful directorial choices rather than any real substantive theme, Sorrentino's disreputable rich vibrate with life, with depth, with reality. Nothing in Fellini resembles the gut punch Jep receives that moves to start altering his world, one he is seemingly tired of - going too far with a friend. seei... More
Posted by elab49 at 22:31, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post