What starts as a handsome epic with a small debt to Ken Russell, in its last act becomes something riskier, something anarchic and beautiful. With its expressionist palette, colonialist criticism and electronic score (and critical dismissal), 1492 is very much the Sorcerer of its era, achieving a hypnotic chaos; a glimpse of the 'new world' as only Scott could have made it. Artistry from artifice.
Both sprawling and fragmented. Sweeping and concentrated. An epic historical film about a determined adventurer that plays out more cerebrally and poetically than expected. Hope playing against nihilism, order and structure playing against anarchy and violence. It is psychological, and has more in common with Aguirre: The Wrath Of God than one might think (though considerably larger in scale). Underrated.
Painting Columbus as a great guy and reinforcing old misconceptions. Well done. This is so wrong. Still, the film is a marvel to experience even though you know everything is inaccurate. Come on y'all stupid, the earth is flat.
I had a good time watching it.I was all alone having the whole livingroom and the sofa for myself on a Sunday.Then I went on a voyage with Columbus discovering a thing or two about Ridley Scott along the way and America eventually.The story had nice pace,cool look and the music(Vangelis)was absolutely divine.It isnt perfect;The Columbus tale is bigger than two hours,but Scott uses his time telling whats expected.
Depardieu's accent almost capsizes the film as it at first is hard to get all his words, but if one can get through this I have to admit this is a gorgeous looking production of a type we seldom (if ever) will get to see again. The scope of the film is enormous and Vangelis' music epic. There are some historic changes but what to except for a movie made to celebrate "the discovery" of the new world 500 years later.