i really, really wanted to love this but after the near-perfect first hour i just felt so distanced from reinaldo's character...so much really IS left unexplained, and though i usually don't have a problem with that the film feels so slaphappily mashed together (with very lyrical imagery, of course) that it's hard to really be invested in this man's story by the time the film is over. beautiful, but flawed indeed
I watched this for the 3rd time in my life the other day. I have a lot of problems with this film, especially towards the end, but damn if I don't love it for nostalgic reasons. I LOVE the opening of the film, I love Javier Bardem's acting and voice- and I love the music in this film. Carter Burwell's score is one of my favorite of all time, plus the Cuban music makes it unforgettable. A lot of passion here at least.
I wonder if there could be a link between both films other than being about gay writers. Mishima is highly stylized, a sort of triptic between music, novels and his life. The other film seems to be more straightforward. I loved how much they did with 16mm, but with great acting, a music that fits when needed, but also agree: it should have been shorter,& it could have dismissed the criticism to socialism.
The superb performance from Javier Bardem carries the whole film right until the end. But it's not just Bardem but also the director Schnabel who does a great job. Schnabel has his own kind of visual storytelling method which is artistic but serves the story at the same time. The only downside of this movie is that it is spoken in (broken) English for reasons I don't understand.
I don't like Schnabel's films. There is a conservative agenda to much of his work that bothers me to the core. And this film was a manipulation of someone who was truly an interesting figure that he manipulates for his own devices.
I think Castro was more into idealistic notion; his struggles was more than dealing with homophiles. Actually I don't think he is homophobic at all. This movie is just looking after no:1 here, taking credits for capitalism. Sick and tired of their stupid propagandas. I wonder why most artists are indifferent to politics and history?