Tan interesante visualmente como poco consistente en lo anecdotico, este trabajo del sobrevalorado Steven Soderbergh es la tipica pelicula en la que no faltan los pendejos que se paran a aplaudir al terminar la proyecciòn, aunque en su pinche vida hayan leido jamàs a Kafka ò entendido bien a bien de que trato la cinta. A su favor, cuenta con la presencia de Alec Guiness como un villano verdaderamente siniestro.
Very stylish film by Soderbergh with solid direction & a very accomplished cast. I´m not a big Kafka fan but I think that Soderbergh could have done with less comedy & more dread & paranoia with really capture the tone. Still the comedy adds to the absurdity so I see what he is going for. Soderbergh´s biggest misstep however is the script which is a BIG rip off of Gilliam´s Brazil. Painfully similar to be honest.
KAFKA is a truly underrated masterpiece from director Steven Soderbergh. This movie cleverly builds its intriguing plot. It's not a movie about the writer Franz Kafka (although the main character has a similar name). But it's more like a movie which has Kafkaesque stuff in its storytelling. Thank God, I've read Kafka's works before so I can enjoy watching this movie. KAFKA has a fantastic black & white cinematography
Soderbergh's main point of merit is that he understands a bit of the Kafkan humor, which is often elided in other adaptations. Most of the movie plays a bit contrived, with all of the various references to Kafka's work and imagination, but it is at least an interesting attempt at making a biopic of the "author" rather than the "person"--a film about the imaginative universe to which the name "Kafka" refers.
Oh boy, this unbearable slog is Soderbergh's at his worst. It's barely 100 minutes long, but a terrible pacing and almost no plot development makes it feel like a lifetime of anguish. Iron's turn as the infamous insurance worker-turned-writer doesn't redeem the whole thing.
The third act rolls like a jumble of setpieces borrowed from Terry Gilliam, but makes you feel truly grateful as the movie halts to a conclusion
Though the cinematography was beautiful, Kafka gets no respect in this film, just the usual Soderbergh trope- maybe 'indie' by Hollywood standards but really quite banal and just a little bit cheesy. I would like to see a director like Bela Tarr take on a subject like Kafka, Soderbergh lacks the intensity.
Un premier film indépendant à succès, la Palme d'Or et ... le système récupère déjà un talent prometteur. Le résultat est propre, joli, mais sans âme. Le triomphe de l'académisme bon genre. Triste à pleurer ! www.cinefiches.com