Virtually nothing of what makes Eco’s best novel memorable and significant – its triumph in being at once a modernist palimpsest and yet also a completely absorbing tale – translates over to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film.
Certainly not without interest in terms of the gripping darkness of the times haunted by obscurantist dogmas, Annaud's film is enjoyable to watch, atmospheric, and occasionally stimulating in its critique of dogma. Well-casted, it forfeits unavoidable and unfavourable to it comparisons with the homonymous book and once this load is out of the way, its only challenge is the line drawn with standard mainstream film.
A high point in Annaud's long and varied career. It carries itself with a haunting, weighty atmosphere. A terse and slow burning work of art that successfully adapts Eco's source material - living up to his masterful blend of history, social commentary, and pulpy mystery.
It's funny how I postponed the watching of this film. In general, it's a good thriller and contains a good historical background (and some interesting criticism about religion), but develops its characters with a disturbing weight. I just can't think of it as good acting. Way over the top - more than it needed to be.
I will admit, I couldn't finish the book. It was an interesting idea that got bogged down in flagrant amounts of detail that went from illuminating to irritating. Annaud has done an admirable job of taking the best parts and distilling them down. Moody and atmospheric, this film is a ride. Anchored by a great performance by Connery I enjoyed this one. It isn't amazing, but it's pretty damn fun.
A beautiful account of the difficulties faced by the critic mind and the vast intellect in a world that, then as now, prioritizes ignorance and easy answers because they are, well, easier. The conundrum of the search for truth and the inherent defiance to power it poses are beautifully portrayed and always pertinent. A classic film.
Excellent! I don't know how many times I have watched it already. At 1st hand this is a gripping murder mystery and only at 2nd hand it is about critcism of the catholic church. William of Baskerville is in the same league as is Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Lieutenant Columbo & Miss Marple. Sean Connery masterfully puts in place his intelligence & wit. Wonderful collaboration with Christian Slater. Masterpiece.
Let's face it, the book as written is unfilmable. Best to meet this movie half way...they boiled the story down to a chilling, mainstream, adult thriller about BOOKS for gods sake. Not many multiplex movies sent audiences out of the theater with an appreciation for knowledge. Definitely on my Top 10 of the 1980s.
Plus de 30 ans après, le film d'Annaud est toujours une réussite dépaysante. De la réalisation aux acteurs, tout les éléments sont assemblés pour construire une ambiance simple et puissante, qui déroule son récit sans faille du début à la fin.