Tarkovsky's direction and camerawork are marvellous, with long takes to follow around with pleasure, and that make you feel like you're a part of the action. The beginning was the real highlight of the movie; wonderful. However, there wasn't a real connection with any of the characters, due to the aggrandizing way the plot is driven. It makes up for a lackluster story and character study.
All the Tarkovsky's films are masterpieces. And this one isn't an exception. The cinematography is really good, and above all it's really intelligent, it's directly conected with the viewer's mind. At the same time Tarvovsky can maniputale the eyes and the minds of the viewers, showing all the surface, but making us look to only certain points of the screen. "Every action, and every second of the film has a meaning".
There is no plot to speak of; the film is an in-depth character study. Tarkovsky has given the main character so many dimensions. Elements of magic realism serve to enhance the character's despair and isolation, but there are finely-crafted human details that give the film a very realistic sense. The world Tarkovsky has created is like a vivid dream. 9.5/10 молодец мистер Тарковский !
There was something about this movie that I really liked, but I can't pinpoint exactly what it was. About half the time I was really enjoying it and half the time I was disappointed because it felt really artsy, trying to be intelligent and deep, and (in my opinion) failing.
A film of depth and symbolism, and one I think I need to see again to fully appreciate. Tarkovsky likes to hold his camera on images and characters for long periods of time, drawing out event and meaning through a painting like canvas of actions and emotions, never looking away from tragedy and horror, as well as beauty and grace. The flaming house finale is spectacular in its visuals and vision.
Final, spiritual chapter. In Tarkosvky own words 'One way to recapture moral integrity is by having the capacity to offer oneself in sacrifice'. As Alexander is kneeling and the house goes down in fire, is for him to reconnect with oneself.
I can't compare this movie with his other stuff .it has an diffucult existentialism theme . And long takes are annoying audiences rather than giving rise to thought . İn my opinion this movie can't understand with watching only one time . this is a film can be understood in years...
Screaming-uncontrollably-on-English-all-of-a-sudden is one of the worst things I've ever seen. As for the film, it will keep Tarkovsky fans at bay with his well know symbols rearranged once again, but there is absolutely nothing intriguing about the entire picture.