8 1/2 Reviews
Score: A+ GREAT!!!
While not my favorite Fellini, this is a work of manic and measured genius that is entertaining, poetic, beautiful, and utterly psychotic in the best way. It's the best that the form has to offer; some of the greatest cinematography, performing, blocking, editing, and creative insight in all of cinema.
Fellini performed a cinematic magic trick with this one. I don't know that there's any other way to adequately explain it; a magic trick.
The way 8 1/2 balances fun, feels, significance, and individual artistic merit is nothing but remarkable.
But anyways, it was really interesting to see how he took an absolutely different and unorthodox approach to filmmaking. The whole movie was truly a journey and a trip at the same time.
Short answer = It's a masterpiece
'8 1/2' may be the most nonsensical sequence of events that actually serves up some great body language (and a very offbeat dubbing process) and delivers a testament on what it means to be a director of film.