Mary Poppins Returns
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Beautiful and thoughtful.
Though his dramatic performance is somewhat too mild, classical-pop violinist David Garrett brings an electrifying musical authenticity to the lead role in "The Devil's Violinist."
Even if, like me, you're a sucker for men with tossable hair and precision eyeliner, you can't help noticing that "The Devil's Violinist" is hysterical - and possibly historical - hooey.
Garrett, making his acting debut, isn't a strong enough presence to carry the nonmusical sequences.
David Garrett's musical gifts far outstrip his acting chops in Bernard Rose's creaky 19th-century melodrama.
[Garrett's] handsome and fiddles something fierce, but his acting aptitude is more "Chopsticks" than Caprice no. 24 in A minor.
Violin prodigy and classical crossover artist David Garrett can certainly play. Acting is a little iffier.
Potentially there is a portrait of the artist in crisis buried beneath all the histrionics and parables. As it is, The Devil's Violinist is simply tone deaf.
Florid, hysterical (though far from historical) pseudo-biographical movie about the famous violinist [Paganini].
A hilariously histrionic depiction of 19th-century superstar violinist Niccolò Paganini's rise to fame, far more Monty Python than Mozart.
The melodramatic script includes plenty of historical liberties, but at least it doesn't take itself too seriously.
The latest classical-music legend to have his life trashed-again-by a cheaply sensationalistic movie, this famed fiddler deserved way better.
I love Niccolò Paganini's work and I was very excited to see this movie based on the life story of the 19th-century Italian violinist and composer. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, it is starring David Garrett as Niccolò Paganini, Jared Harris as Urbani, Joely Richardson as Ethel Langham, Christian McKay as John Watson, Veronica Ferres as Elizabeth Wells, Helmut Berger as Lord Burghersh and Olivia d'Abo as Primrose Blackstone.
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The film is trying to chronicle the life of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century. It begins with his youth as a childhood violinist pushed by his demanding father through his beginnings in Italy and then to his performances and acclaim in London under the guidance of the mysterious Urbani. But, trying to sail into super-natural waters does not do anything good for the final result. Completely opposite. But, when the screenplay concentrates on the human weaknesses and virtues, there is some joy. Filming took place in Germany, Austria and Italy, and the violinist David Garrett performs many of Paganini's pieces throughout the film himself. His acting was great, and musical talent obvious!
Average movie with nothing special in it except the music of the great Maestro, and the talent of the main actor... everything else is average or below average.
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