The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) Reviews
Watched this on 11/7/16
A film that remains sharp as an effective commentry on the religious madness of the medieval ages and it is equally intelligent, thrilling plus you also get Sean Connery in the middle of it all. Christian Slater chews the scenary for most of the time. It is tense, but not in the way most thrillers are, it is tense because of the society in which it occurs and the film leaves nothing unturned while trying to portray it on screen. Annaud directs effectively and the cinematography is an advantage.
and a wonderful great actor
why they fear laughter? -whether it is pk or cartoons ?
"coz...laughter kills fear.And without fear, there can be no faith.
and without fear of the devil,there is no more need of God !"
- that is what the crazy so called "apostles of god" belives !
A strong, quality entry into the medieval period set movies, with more than a touch of exploitation fun added into the mix to spice things up a little. Sean Connery is on decent form as one of the very few likeable characters, while a very young looking Christian Slater is fine as the apprentice monk. The best aspect by far though is the bleak, cold, and impressive looking setting which incorporates an actual Italian fortress, and some of the location work and cinematography is very good. Above all else this is a murder mystery, and because of the setting it makes for a quite unique and interesting watch. And despite the pace overall being a touch too slack, this is still a fine, slightly obscure watch.
VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)
This film marked a sort of late career revival for Connery, as he won the Best Actor at the British Academy Awards for his role. Interesting, worth a watch.