Persuasive when cinematography does all the talking, but unconvincing otherwise. A lot of effort was clearly put in providing the authentic depiction of colonization era South America, but it feels like a strong cast of Irons, De Niro and Neeson was supposed to carry out their rather elementary characters solely on their talent. I don't appreciate when character development serves just to prove a predetermined point.
Despite its beautiful presentation, The Mission - I think - suffered in its storyline. I found that the storyline is less engaging. I didn't feel the emotion in here. It made me less sympathy to each characters. That's a pity. But thanks to Chris Menges' marvelous cinematography and chilling music score from the legendary Ennio Morricone. De Niro and Irons are the rock stars in this movie. Not so bad and not so good.
Spain & Portugal can't agree on how to plunder. To prevent escalation they make 'The Treaty of Madrid (1750): who owns what. As a consequence, Jesuit missions are wiped-out & thousands of Indians murdered. The scandal among scandals is the mendacious catholic church. It closes it's eyes, shuts up & ensures its interests: everthing in the name of god. De Niro is not believable, Irons average. Ray McAnally is great.
Un film déjà bien daté, sans doute l'une des Palmes d'Or les plus usurpées ! Tout est grandiloquent et prétentieux : la musique, les scènes d'action à la Rambo… En plus d'être une apologie totale de l'Eglise catholique, le film entier est au service des deux superstars De Niro et Irons, au détriment des Indiens Guaranis réduits au rôle de figurants bien gentils. Allez, un point positif : la photo et les paysages !
Plongée amazonienne, le film prend des accents ethniques où les bons(indiens et blancs) sont bafoués et étouffés par les ordres venus d'Europe. On se demande un peu pourquoi toute cette énergie parfois très intense et fastueuse et surement très couteuse pour raconter finalement ce que tout le monde sait (et pas besoin des jésuites pour cela) : la colonisation sud américaine fut monstrueuse.
Replace religion with capitalism and slavery with oil and the film's extended meditations on personal freedom, salvation, foreign occupation and man's inhumanity towards man have lost none of their relevancy or ability to provoke. I found the film quite inspirational! Probably one of the most beautiful couplings of music and image, with some of the most astounding and evocative moments I've ever seen on film.
Very pure and calming, probably a 3 in allot of aspects but a 4 for it's overall scope and visuals. I just felt so calm watching it, when De Niro is converted it was like a Terrence Mallick film Terrence Malick didn't make. Lovely with great intentions but not everything it could be.
I liked it more after rewatching with Joffe's commentary, in which he gives insights to production and intent. Then I watched the "Omnibus" behind the scenes documentary and liked it a bit less after getting a less idyllic portrait of the film's production. Mixed feelings, as usual. Not really sold on Morricone's score. It worked in some scenes but overall it was a bit bland.
A film that is missing too much. There are great performances, lush cinematography and a fantastic Morricone score. However the film never really goes much of anywhere, and when it does-it is so unrealized that you question even watching the thing. To be honest, it feels like a three hour film that was severely cut. It boils down to nothing, and for a Robert Bolt screenplay that is complete injustice.