4.5/10. While Verbinski does craft a couple good scares, A CURE FOR WELLNESS largely feels overlong and not affecting enough. The jabs at capitalistic culture feel generic and superficial, and they don't really fit with the tragic tale of the baron and his wife (because, hey, there has to be some dumb myth to explain the horror). Dane DeHaan seems slightly miscast.
The director understands horror well but once the mystery is revealed, nothing comes together like it should. All the previous nonsense is still nonsensical. So many things just don’t work but I genuinely loved watching it regardless. I recommend this; flaws and all.
Maaan, this could've actually been great, but it was awful, ha. Stunning photography and color scheme, but the last 30 minutes or so were just a huge overworked, disappointing and trippy mess that doesn't even own up to its trippiness and ends up with the classic boy gets girl. 1 star for the really nice cinematography and another one for the Shutter Island vibes.
*1/2. Too many homages in a movie inevitably create some doubts in the viewer's mind. So if you forget the general 'Shutter Island' mood of the film and disregard the scenes stolen from 'The Shining', 'The Fearless Vampire Killers' and 'The Phantom of the Opera' among others, what's left of 'A Cure For Wellness' ? Nearly Nothing. So almost instant crap.
Tellement intriguant, fascinant, mystérieux, beau, ce film est d'un plaisir immense à regarder. Du set sur un château en plein milieu des alpes jusqu'à la cinématographie de maître, tout est en place pour nourrir mon imaginaire. La conclusion est un peu B-movie, mais le film vaut amplement la peine d'être regardé avec fascination.
Negative criticism couldn't steer me from watching this film and I would recommend not letting it influence your decision either. The biggest fault is, by far, a miscast DeHaan who, while sickly looking, doesn't quite fit the tall order of the film's lead and is basically the reason it has received such a mixed reaction. Still, there's so many redeemable qualities to A Cure For Wellness. You may enjoy it, you know.
C'è tantissimo Shutter Island dentro, e il film è discreto, specialmente nella prima parte che è costruita a puntino. Un paio di momenti molto forti e un'atmosfera angosciosa che dura per tutto il film. Peccato che Shutter Island finisse esattamente nel momento giusto, e che purtroppo non si può dire lo stesso di questo che si trascina per una buona mezz'ora di troppo e vanifica il buon lavoro fatto in precedenza.
The film is fairly good, up until the last half hour... when it really goes into B-movie territory with a messy conclusion that wasn't necessary at all. It should've ended with that scene where a resigned/sedated Lockhart says to Hannah that he's finally cured. However, extra points for an inspired cinematography, inventive story and constantly keeping the viewer intrigued.