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Queen of the Desert unites some undeniably talented professionals, but it's difficult to discern what drew them together -- or understand how its compelling real-life story became such a muddled mess.
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The result is a well-made invitation to nod off.
Bell was an extraordinary figure, tailor-made for a dazzling presence like Kidman, but Werner Herzog, directing his own script, unwisely structures Bell's story around her intimate relationships with men.
A bland departure from the director's normally madcap norm.
An emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center.
Despite Kidman's best efforts, almost nothing clicks on an emotional level, and the movie passes as slowly as sand through an hourglass.
Even the stodgiest biopic would be redeemed by Mr. Herzog's eye. The shots that track Bell into her meetings with Arab leaders may have you catching your breath.
Everything is inert - the editing, the images, the direction.
A lovely, beautifully shot and costumed, but dull film, and Kidman is undeniably good in it. She is every inch a queen, to be sure, and radiates intelligence, not to mention posture, in every scene.
Every dilemma is resolved minutes after it begins. There is no danger, no complex character to dissect, nothing.
Yet for a director so adept at discovering, eliciting and pursuing a kind of inspired mania and adventurousness in his fellow man, coming across his first female heroine Herzog stumbles.
While I'd hoped this was Herzog's manic fever dream of a sweeping melodramatic romance, it wanders off a cliff.
With so many classics to his name, the legendary Werner Herzog need not apologize for helming Queen of the Desert -- it's just shocking that his name is attached to something as arid and uninspired as this stillborn drama.
A frustrating biopic that lacks in consistency and real sense of purpose or direction, as it remains unfortunately nothing more than a reverential story that suffers even more from a complete absence of chemistry between Gertrude/Kidman and both her lovers.
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