Or, maybe it's like *2001: A Space Odyssey,* only HAL thinks it's Wordsworth. Or is it the other way around?
Honestly, a Romanticist colleague made me watch this. I found it humorous, tho probably not in the way Temple intended.
The opium addiction opens visual options of prophecy and vision (related to the poetry of the Romantics, of course) for director Julien Temple and he makes the most of it. From the opening sequence ? showing yellow drops of laudanum falling into a glass with clear water (first seen from the side and then from below), combined with a whooshing sound as the yellow liquid hits the clear water and Roache's voice reading lines of Coleridge's poetry ? through knocked over wine glasses falling in slow motion while Coleridge tries to speak with his friend of his being set loose from time and to the dark heart of the story and the mystery of the poetic fragment "Kubla Khan", I remain in total awe of this movie. Add good performances all over to this; especially worth mentioning are Samantha Morton as Sara Coleridge and Emily Woof as Dorothy Wordsworth. If you are interested in the Romantic poets, you should see this. If you like movies who makes the most of the medium YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!