[3.5] A beautiful cinematography presenting the enlightenment environment versus an inspired in true story 18th century Cort plot. Hard to say which one is more interesting to follow. I guess in the end we get to learn that noble goals in power and politics require some sacrifices and at least two generations to get it done.
Gorgeous directing and perfect acting. Also it made that 18 page paper I wrote in college about the year 1766 finally pay off. No, seriously. I did that. It took 3 weeks and I wanted to cry by the end. I got an A though, Internet! Go me! Oh...you don't care. Well you get to see the woman from Ex Machina naked, so that's neat.
A well-done period piece made up of very common historical elements: the nobility + adultery, betrayal, power plays; somehow more interesting because it is (mostly) true. The mise-en-scène and cinematography are fantastic, as is Vikander's subtle yet powerful performance. Still, the film consistently feels like it is holding back -- surprisingly little turmoil showcased in support of their main focus: Enlightenment.
A European film which does not lack the luster of the Hollywood films, but however still intelligent and substantial. This film takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general public, and presents it engagingly. The direction, acting and production are all top notch and worthy of the Oscar nod from the American Academy.