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Super Reviewer
July 2, 2013
What a hot mess of a movie. Stellan Skarsgård and Javier Bardem both kinda phone it in as celebrated painter Francisco Goya and a flip-flopping monk who rapes a girl wrongly imprisoned as a heretic. This was also during the late-aughts era of NaPo's awkward and repetitive acting choices, which included such disasters as "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," "The Other Boleyn Girl," "The Other Woman," and "Brothers."

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.
½ June 28, 2013
Natalie Portman characters are terrific , Javier Bardem is just neat and the movie is near perfect. Liked this one
June 16, 2013
I thought the movie depicted the corruption in the old church very well. I don't see how it's seen as having a confused plot, it was very obvious in my opinion.
½ April 23, 2013
En udmærket film og et fint 'portræt' af Goya. Samtidig en udmærket periodefilm, men det der gør denne film ekstra seværdig er Javier Bardems præstation. Han er bare en sej skurk og en meget dyster skuespiller. Absolut OK underholdning.
½ April 17, 2013
Directed by Milos Forman, Oscar winner for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). This had been a pet project for Forman for many years, he co-wrote it with Jean-Claude Carrière (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)). It's a powerful and weighty drama with some good performances in it, and despite looking good, it is a tad on the long side. In 1792, with the French Revolution in full swing and the Spanish Inquisition ruling over Spain with an iron fist, renowned painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) is asked by King Charles IV (Randy Quaid) to do a portrait for the Spanish Royal Family, which he does. But Goya's paintings which depict evil and other disturbing images upset the inquisition, but Brother Lorenzo Casamares (Javier Bardem) defends Goya, but the Inquisition are hellbent on sullying his good name, despite the best efforts of Lorenzo. Meanwhile, Goya's becomes obsessed with Inés (Natalie Portman), a young model he uses in his paintings, this is an obsession which goes on for the next 15 years. It's well made, and has some good performances throughout, but it has a confused plot, and you get the nagging feeling that there's a longer cut somewhere that makes more sense, but for the most part, it's a drama that looks good, but it's rather cold and clinical.
½ April 11, 2013
I didn't feel anything when Bardem violated Portman.
January 28, 2013
Thank you Mr. Bonaparte for saving us from those fanatic Christian assholes....
½ January 25, 2013
Little bit creepy but impressive. It would be a perfect movie if this would actually be a true story of how these people's lives crossed each other. This shows how people are such double faced when it comes to saving their own butt.
January 14, 2013
This is an odd one. The performances from Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman are excellent, and the epic historical settings lend the film a certain amount of gravitas, but its let down somewhat by a lumbering fictional story that uncomfortably tries to fit itself around the real-life Spanish painter Francisco Goya. This element doesn't really work and Goya doesn't come out of it too favourably as a result, but because he isn't the central character the film manages to survive this significant flaw to still be an interesting and poignant piece.
December 7, 2012
''I met her once... don't recall her being quite so ugly though. How did she have so many lovers?''
''She was the Queen, Your Majesty.''Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.Javier Bardem: Brother LorenzoNatalie Portman: Inés / AliciaStellan Skarsgård: GoyaAlthough Goya is the protagonist in this epic drama, his inner self is examined no deeper than the souls of his fellows. The plot of Ghosts is driven by flawed people, making the wrong moves, struggling to do the right thing but held back by their ignorance and lack of power to stand up against the State. It's an examination of Inquisition Spain, wars of liberation and political self-interest and as such is as timeless, with its modern echoes in Guantanamo, CCTV and the proposed extended UK police powers, as any psychological drama.Forman's first film in 7 years is an absorbing, powerful and stylish melodrama against a backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. The award-winning Czech director wisely called on Jean-Claude Carriere to co-write the script, given the latter's penchant for subjects linked to religious criticism and political upheaval.The true central role goes to Lorenzo, a kind of Everyman who begins as a Catholic monk, decides to sacrifice his 'dangerous' artist friend's muse, Inez, to the Inquisition to keep Goya at a safe distance, falls from grace and joins Napoleon's marauders, returning as a revolutionary.Inez is expendable, or as today's world leaders would put it, collateral. Goya's efforts to sort everything out only at best confuse them further, just as everyone else's colliding actions do, especially Inez' father's efforts to free her . That seems to be the underlying theme: life as a storm of accidents, masquerading as plans. The last we see of Everyman, he is in a scene which is far more nightmarish than even Ken Russell managed.A beauty of a piece Goya is a piece of Historic Period Art in film from Milos Forman.
November 17, 2012
You know it's bad movie when you're not sure if it's intentionally supposed to be funny or if it's so bad that it's kind of funny because it's so terrible.
November 8, 2012
amazing piece of history.
½ November 6, 2012
Great acting and it looks beautiful, although it is pretty slow and muddled in parts, and really sad.
October 26, 2012
A slightly underrated period piece that still misses its potential. The three solid leads have better work elsewhere, although Stellan Skarsgård is particularly fantastic. The fertile time period and the premise work, but the script is rather trivial and doesn't have as much to say as I suspect it thinks it does. Religious persecution is always a fascinating topic (think "The Crucible"). Unfortunately, "Goya's Ghosts" lacks enough conflict and drama to make it matter much by the end.
October 19, 2012
i WAnna see this so bad!!!
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2012
Really couldn't get into this. Dark, dingy and dull. I lasted 25 minutes. I'm sure the story was okay if you could stick with it, but really didn't do anything at all for me.
September 5, 2012
This sounds great...
August 23, 2012
An Intense historical Film is less about the controversial painter than it is a gripping two-part story of politics and religion.
"Goya's Ghosts remains a worthy drama that only the rare few will truly enjoy!"
While there are probably computer-generated backgrounds and armies on screen, the movie still has the feel of an old-fashioned feel.
½ July 25, 2012
Esse filme tem um roteiro criativo, que conseguiu dar conta do tema. E a Natalie Portman tá ótima.
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