Joseph's Review of La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV)(The Rise of Louis XIV)
Hypnotic, lush, but ultimately un-engaging, portrait of Louis XIV. The film is technically quite amazing in many ways, the costumes are perfect, the details of court rituals are masterfully re-created, but it all feels very academic and forgettable. One of the biggest problems is the lead actor, who gives the flattest, most boring, performance I've seen in ages - other characters keep referring to Louis being a man of pleasures, a womanizer who loves the hunt and gambling, but it is hard to reconcile these descriptions with the dull bureaucrat that we actually get.
Something of a chore to finish, and left almost no impression.