The Painter and the Thief
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I read the book before seeing the movie. I feel like my enjoyment of this movie, if I had not read the book first, would have been vastly diminished. Just because I already knew the intricacies of the characters and story, the movie made sense and was, as far as a "seeing the movie after reading the book first" experience goes, pretty enjoyable. They made great casting choices and the performances seemed powerful
and on-point. Enjoyed seeing Finn Wolfhard as Young Boris and thought he did a great job in the role. I can see what the writers and directors were trying to do with the way they chose to unfold the story for film, however I think for anyone unfamiliar with the book, it left too many holes for the story to hit with the same impact. I think I would have been confused if I had seen the movie as to the story line. But again, as movies based on book adaptations go, I thought it did a decent job. This one is one of those stories that is difficult to tell in a movie timeframe.
I wanted to like it. Serial killers and Anthony Hopkins sounds like a hard-to-beat combo. But something about the entire thing felt cheap, forced, boring, and campy. It dragged on and I found myself wishing it was over. From the onset, it was hard to watch, and despite Anthony Hopkins trying the entire time prop the whole thing up by himself, it still fell flat and even his performance came out feeling mediocre.
This movie was fantastic. Terrifying, thrilling, deep, and stunningly beautiful both visually and in it's messages about life and death.