Made by Raoul Peck, the film shows its principle figures in an objective way that's ably Marxist in how it relishes the dialectal contradictions that Marx & Co. faced, confronted, & embodied while making their mark on history & society. Despite some rickety cinema here & there (likely from an impoverished budget, perhaps Peck needs a benefactor like Marx did), it gets the big picture of Marx's ideas. I'll take it.
It's a problem when the most powerful scene of the movie coincides with the end credits scene. The "main feature" felt like the cutscenes from an Assassin's Creed video game. Uncle Karl deserves better.
Digital. Were we so in need of one more biopic about a historical figure? See the beginning and the end of the film: illustrative or correlated visual digests of what is said in off. Only the initial one could make me leave with its slow motions, crane movements, infernal pious-vocal music and human figures that comes just as models of a situation. Neither fair nor right, i must say.
Never expected a film on this period from an attempt at an objective point of view. Much of the film mirrors the two protagonist's attempt to manifest their idea's in a compact simple direct and understandable way so that, the masses of working class people may understand and take part. Despite potential didactic pitfalls the drama comes though, in particular the last exchange between Jenny Marx and Mary Burns.
Marx and Engels in a Benny Hill ass chase scene running from police, Marx and Engels getting fucked up and vomiting on the street, Marx and Engels playing chess, Marx and Bakunin playing chess. Marx fucking. Marx and Engels on the beach. And every once in a while one turns to the other and says like "You ever notice how the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle?" It's fun.
A revolution caracter in a conventional film. It's quite sad seeing so many figures that I deeply admire, like Marx, Arendt, Zweig (just a few recent exemples) treated without the same vitality of their work. This type of film usually use their biography and work without questioning, like making a temporal puzzle where everything is combine to make a simplistic portrait.
2.5 August Diehl and Vicky Krieps are excellent as Max and Jenny. As a basic history of communism, the film is passable, though laden with "on the nose" dialogue. Definitely some hagiography at work, as, in real life, Marx liked to write about other subjects, but "the economic #$%&" made the most money. Visually, the movie is cramped; it would be better to see wide vistas of the proletariat.