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Gorgeously filmed and beautifully acted, Youth offers an enticing -- albeit flawed -- opportunity to witness an impressive array of seasoned veterans combining their cinematic might.
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Sumptuous, sincere and built on aging bones, "Youth" is a wonder of a film, a look back at life's sprawling possibilities, dark corners and aspirations.
Age is more than just a number, Youth tells us. What really matters, though, is whether you're going to let that number define you.
Watching Youth, you'd swear Fellini had risen from his grave and returned to make another movie.
Youth is a meditation on aging, on friendship, on love, loss, wisdom, disillusionment, pain.
There is little life here. Only artifice. And some howlingly awful dialogue.
Absolutely beautiful and sometimes maddening while never offering easy answers.
Like The Great Beauty, Youth has great cinematography but when the results are this loathsome, I'm reminded of how much I would rather see a dimly lit, poorly shot film with a great script than another monstrosity with great stills.
Sorrentino's floating gaze transcends mere petty politics for much deeper, almost epiphanic readings of his characters' respective journeys.
Fred, Lena, and Mick are not interesting characters; nothing about their appearance stands out, and their problems (infidelity, betrayal, alienation) are all very bland.
It is the sort of the film where you must allow the musical score to wash over you like waves lapping on the beach whilst your eyes bathe in the colours on screen.
While the dreamlike imagery is lovely and attempting to solve Sorrentino's ambiguous themes will probably help you develop a strong mental stamina, it's not an experience many would consider unpretentious.
There are several major problems with Youth. What it has to say about youth, maturity and old age remains unclear.
Sorrentino delivers a beautiful film clearly inspired by Fellini and touches upon so many themes (like life, love, memory and desire) that any brief comment wouldn't be sufficient to describe it. Besides, it looks gorgeous and has spectacular performances by Caine, Keitel and Fonda.
A beautiful looking tedious bore. Jane Fonda nails her cameo.
"Youth" is almost too thought-provoking for it's own good, but that works in it's favour. Following a retired composer once he is asked to perform for the Queen, we begin to see his life sort of unravel before our eyes and why his decision to not do so is so important to the story. This is a very meaningful picture that may not get all of it's message across upon first viewing, but it is still worth that first viewing. This may not be one of my favourite films of 2015, but it is definitely one of the films I enjoyed watching most. "Youth" boasts standout performances from Michael Caine, harvey Keitel, and Paul Dano. I believed everything these characters were saying, and by the end of the film, the climax will have you smiling, although it felt like a rushed earning. You will see what I mean if you watch the film. I loved watching this movie! It's flaws are in it's overall progression, which was a personal issue of mine, so I will not get into that aspect. Great screenplay, great music, and overall a great film. "Youth" is very, very good!
Youth is precisely the kind of pompous film that gives arthouse a bad name. There is no plot. Only a coterie of quirky individuals. There is a lot of naked elderly people. Two people fornicate against a tree. We get a grotesquely obese footballer in a tiny bathing suit and an insanely gorgeous Miss Universe from Brazil wearing nothing at all. Caine and Keitel lust over her in the pool and you can feel the director ogling her as well. Everyone laments their dreary future through uninteresting monologues. You see existentialism isn't just a philosophical theory, it's a self absorbed way of life. This pseudo Fellini-esque satire pontificates about aging like the script just granted you with some noble truth. Now it's impatiently waiting for a thank you. I won't reveal who, but someone does commit suicide. Anything to get out of this production, right? I will say this. Jane Fonda carps that "Human beings really know how to be pathetic when they want to be". Bless her. I couldn't have said it better myself.
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