Nice. My post inspired some random backlash. I did warn that I consider myself a Kubrick fan. Rereading it, I'll admit that my post did come across as (unintentionally) pretentious, but I'd point out:|
1. This thread regularly gets comments along the lines of "not sure what to make of (Film A)" or "no idea whether it was brilliant or shit" or "no idea what score to give" etc. etc.
2. Plenty of people also say that they'd need to re-watch to correctly judge a film, and/or admit that they feel they missed things on a full viewing.
3. Plenty of reviews also don't attach a score, or do a betterthantaken/10 type remark.
4. A number of those that do score feel as though they've just attached arbitrary, token marks to tick a box in the review - and this is what I meant by the (clearly poorly worded) mundanities.
I don't think I'd judge the film in a traditional sense as it's an atypical film. LeoliansBro nailed it by saying that it's a very literal translation - the story flowed much like Dickensian novel, without the traditional pacing or layout we've come expect in films - whilst the visuals are like watching a moving painting. It feels very different from other films out there.
As for LeoliansBro's comment of:
"Overlong, meandering, at times incoherent, driven by a million small details and a cast of thousands, and for the modern audience's attention span just boring."
You could argue that not just of Barry Lyndon but pretty much every Kubrick film. I suppose that's the reason why he remains a director who's either loved or treated with indifference (Mrs Evild thinks 2001 the worst film ever made, and found A Clockwork Orange boring). Personally, even as a fan, I need to be in the right mood to watch a Kubrick film.
Fair point on calling up the snobby/pretentious lingo, though. I'll come back with a more traditional review once I've had the chance to watch it simultaneously on three tv's in four formats, muted, subtitled and at full volume, with the orange and contrast turned down.
Oh, and I resent being called pretentious by anyone who claims to have enjoyed TWBB ;P