Goya's Ghosts Reviews
One big problem I have with the movie (aside from the senseless plot and torrid pacing, which I can't even comment on further) is the lack of accent-work. I understand that big period pieces such as this cater to an American audience, and as such, historical figures from myriad countries speak English with an anesthetized, historical-sounding British accent. This movie doesn't even offer that! It's a weird olio of Skarsgård's Swedish, Bardem's Spanish, and Portman's American. ALSO, Goya still speaks perfectly after going deaf.
Milos Forman is a good director, but neither he nor his co-writer, the famous Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière could follow a truly significant period of Goya's life.
It pretends to cover a big span of time, but falls short.
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Milos Forman, "Goya's Ghosts" is an oddly engrossing and intelligent period piece with echoes of the present day, especially on the issue of torture, of course, and the French invasion in the second half of the movie. Overall, the movie is concerned with truth and how there is not one absolute truth, no matter what any particular fanatic or fundamentalist may yell at you about. The one constant is personified by Francisco Goya whose art survives to this day, long after the Spanish Inquisition has thankfully died out. And this might have something to do with his depicting his world as honestly as possible.[/font][font=Century Gothic] [/font]
I find the lukewarm reception and the film's being so underrated quite disillusioning.
This is one of his finest works,masterfully filmed-the cinematography is breathtaking and the acting stellar.
Tricking us into believing this is a film about Goya himself, he is actually more interesting in painting a portrait of the Inquisition. That would have been quite okay if the proceedings weren't as scattershot, but alas... It's no secret Goya's Ghost cruelly lacks a central character or something called a 'plot'; but those are mistakes I can get usually get over really quick. It is not the case here. The Historical events (portrayed with a big H) spin out of control as they enter and depart the story with more or less the impact they should provoke. It is more a series of sometimes arresting, sometimes melodramatic tableaux than a coherent story. The cinematography provides, however, an eye-pleasing diversion from the dull screenplay painted with surprisingly silly moments. Its 'supper scene' somehow manages to become one of the filmmaker's most cleverly constructed an-eye-for-an-eye scene, and the three leads (particularly Portman) deliver, as expected, stellar performances. But the whole thing, despite its panache, is only interesting in bits and pieces.
And I must say, it's cheap to whine about this, but... English-speaking people in Spain and France?
A powerful drama about Goya and his muse Inés during the times of Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution.
Great cast with Stellan Skarsgård as Goya, Natalie Portman as Inés and Javier Bardem.