A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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All Critics (10)
| Top Critics (3)
| Fresh (1)
| Rotten (9)
| DVD (1)
Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies -- but this is ridiculous.
The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail.
Of an awfulness that bends the mind.
If it wasn't so dull it would camp but it doesn't even achieve that.
The mixture of posed speeches, arty apparitions and some willfully unfocused camerawork, suggests some kind of timeslip, as though the film had been deep-frozen twenty years ago.
This is extremely unskilled cinema from a talented stage actor.
Weighed down with tedium and old-fashioned dialogue (using the verse's 'Old English' language) that worked on the written page but is misplaced on the screen.
The overall effect is like a cross between a garishly colored Hammer horror film and a textbook example of '60s hallucinogenic trendiness.
Doctor Faustus is a complete misfire on every single level, a failure the likes of which most supposedly bad movies can't even come close to.
The poetry is great and is well read by Burton and the cast. The movie isn't that good, but it's the only version of this play on film that I'm aware of, so for that alone it's worth seeing.
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