Critic Consensus: Beineix combines unique cinematography, an intelligent script, and a brilliant soundtrack to make Diva a stylishly memorable film.
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Critic Reviews for Diva
The movie's a maelstrom of possibilities touching ethnic relations, high art, fashion and modern morality, not to mention cinema.
As with so many pop moments a quarter-century on, what once looked sexy now smells a little sexist.
Diva, as a lifestyle, a fantasy, a model for alienation and solipsism and eccentricity, has gone deep into all of us.
A light-headed, fleet-footed French caper, Jean-Jacques Beineix's ultra-stylish Diva stormed the art houses when it was released in 1982, and it's still a lot of fun now -- though its hip patina feels more quaint these days than cool.
Audience Reviews for Diva
My dad LOVED this. And it was fairly interesting. The last bit was well shot, very pretty and slightly existential.
You won't know what hit you when, halfway through it, the feeling settles in your mind that this movie is really, really good. It's a mad French movie that slowly creeps into your bones as it begins to build insane subplot after subplot on the para-dimensional atmosphere of the Parisian underworld: surrealistic garages vibrating with operatic soundwaves, blue lofts for taking hot baths and doing puzzles, and long walks in the park under the rain... followed by the best chase scene ever. Oh, and the plot involves Taiwanese pirates and an International prostitution network. It is this bizarreness what makes it absolutely classic.
On one hand, 'Diva' excels as fast-paced, likably convoluted entertainment; on the other, it's a film made for those who genuinely love and have a fascination for the cinematic medium. What inventive direction from Jean-Jacques Beineix, who seems determined to give every shot a mind of its own. Seriously, this is a fantastic, lively directorial effort from a man who just seems to really love what he's doing. And even by today's standards, 'Diva' looks quite stunning. Everything is bathed in blue light, giving the film this 'techno noir' mood. The narrative has its ups and downs, but you don't notice them too often. You're too enthralled by the film's visuals.
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