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June 19, 2017
QUEEN OF THE DESSERT - Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, a British woman scholar ahead of her time. The movie is based on the true story of Bell (1856-1926) who was not satisfied to live the domestic life of most females of the day. She was Oxford educated and spoke 6 languages. Bell traveled the world, particularly the middle east, as an adventurer, archaeologist, poet, spy & politician. I found the story of her relationships with men in power, from Churchill to King Faisel to Lawrence of Arabia, most fascinating. She was unique, she was driven, she persisted.
½ June 10, 2017
How dare hollywood cast a blonde caucasian woman as queen of the dessert, especially set in the middle east! Why do white people always claim everything belongs to them *Queen* of the desert... Ownership... Just stop. They should have cast a middle eastern woman, or african, or indian, white caucasians get enough opportunity for movie roles !!
May 23, 2017
waste of time unless you have insomnia
May 21, 2017
Good performances, meandering script. Loses Gertrude.
½ May 15, 2017
Herzog did a great job with this script. Great flow to the storyline guided by wonderful visuals and music. Franco played his role well and set up hour one to keep interest. All the secondary characters were way above average and Kidman was
perfect casting.
April 29, 2017
Very beautiful visually, as all of Hertzog movies are. For the complexity of the subject, I thought Herzog did a great job.
April 12, 2017
The entire film could have existed with the first love story and ended with Gertrude traveling to live in the love she lost. The story's purpose lost its path and felt like an endless walk in the desert.

At the start of the film, Gertrude is defined by her intelligence and stubbornness to simply not settle for anything in life. Once in a foreign land she lost that in her curiosity and love for Henry, who truly seemed to be her equal. Once he was lost, the men only treated her as an equal to fall in love with her and she let them. It flawed her character.

The use of time throughout the film was not consistent and the audience was left to create a randomly paced timeline in their head only to be thrown off by the confusing use of both months and dates leaving an unrealistic sense of time. The film does not end back at its flashback of a start to complete the story's circle in order to explain the importance of her journey. Instead Gertrude, in a very classic fashion, rides off into the sunset as the title of the film finally is explained.
April 12, 2017
The entire film could have existed with the first love story and ended with Gertrude traveling to live in the love she lost. The story's purpose lost its path and felt like an endless walk in the desert.

At the start of the film, Gertrude is defined by her intelligence and stubbornness to simply not settle for anything in life. Once in a foreign land she lost that in her curiosity and love for Henry, who truly seemed to be her equal. Once he was lost, the men only treated her as an equal to fall in love with her and she let them. It flawed her character.

The use of time throughout the film was not consistent and the audience was left to create a randomly paced timeline in their head only to be thrown off by the confusing use of both months and dates leaving an unrealistic sense of time. The film does not end back at its flashback of a start to complete the story's circle in order to explain the importance of her journey. Instead Gertrude, in a very classic fashion, rides off into the sunset as the title of the film finally is explained.
April 9, 2017
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April 8, 2017
So incredibly boring.
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½ December 20, 2016
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.
December 14, 2016
An example of the boring dung I have to watch because of my love for The Franco and The Kidman...
September 25, 2016
Don't know why all the bad reviews...I thought this was true to form, a gorgeously shot and elegantly directed biopic that captures the beauty of the desert and the nostalgia of the orient. Bravo Werner!
½ September 15, 2016
The cinematography in this film was just beautiful, but although the actors did well with their performances, the script just let them and the whole movie down--there was no dramatic build up and the end of the film seemed very abrupt. That said, I did enjoy it for the scenic views and Robert Pattinson's Lawrence, which was rather refreshingly different from Peter O'Toole's very emotive, brooding hero. Instead, here we have a brash full-of-himself young man. Glad I saw it, but once was enough.
½ September 1, 2016
The woman who knew every inch of the middle-east!

It is a kind of female version of 'Lawrence of Arabia', the lead actress herself told that. A biographical drama of a British woman who had played an important role in many middle-eastern affairs during the early 1900s. After the tragic death of the man she was madly in love, the young Gertrude Bell decides to travel across the middle-east to write about it and to do some archaeological research and other stuffs. After the decades of travel on all the corners of the region, what she achieved was the film disclosed in an inspiring way.

I love this director's films and filmmaking style. It is his first time since last 6 years, but not good as I expected. It is a bit of both, documentary and feature film. Awesomely shot, I loved the camera work and actors too did so well. Nicole Kidman was brilliant, might be her best for portraying in a real life character. Yet something was missing from the film. Maybe the film came at the wrong time, should have been made at least 15 years ago. Otherwise, it is an Oscar worthy product.

This film is worth watching for the beautiful desert landscapes and obviously for Kidman. The issue with the story is the focus which completely relied on Kidman's role. She was everywhere and leaving blank on the other end. Something like showing what she accomplished was the notion, so in perspective, it could have made a better documentary film. Some people might like it, especially if you're from the middle-east. But don't expect I would recommend it, because I won't. Whatever I said the film was not bad, just a 50-50 kind.

5/10
½ June 20, 2016
an intentional veil of the feminine Kidman over the vast desert and political climate in uncertain times. Unfortunately, this "queen" was portrayed as a lovelorn, almost bratty lass.
June 14, 2016
Unbelievable failure considering not only the talent involved but the fascinating woman and times that this flop is based on. Where to begin? Nicole Kidman as a young Oxford graduate, photographed in such soft focus that one is compelled to find her wrinkles? Examine her wig? Only until James Franco appears on screen ... with an English accent so feeble and a lack of charisma so strong that one is actually fascinated by this odd choice by Werner Herzog.
The phony chemistry between tall and imposing Kidman and Franco is as laughable as the background music, which does not know when to stop.
Damian Lewis and the other British actors are fine, as usual. Kidman has copied a few bad habits from Meryl Streep - who would have been cast in the main role had this film come to life decades earlier - loud sighing, heavy breathing and barking when angry. Read Gertrude Bell's biography instead.
June 13, 2016
Better than the critics (who have given mainly negative reviews) say it is. I found learning about this rather amazing woman very interesting and informative. Nicole Kidman does a pretty good job of Gertrude Bell with reasonable supporting actors. The story could have delved into the Bell's motivations a bit more and with a bit more tension. But it is an adequate movie and worth seeing.
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