This movie is beautifully filmed and acted.
The camera work alone is something special, with marvelous shots
However, for me the story which connects
the pieces together to form a whole picture did not happen.
At the end, I simply found myself not exactly
sure why or how we got there, left with a few morsels of great
acting, and lots of fantastic sets and scenery.
The plot was put to the side, and I was
left with an unmotivated film to watch.
No one wants to say anything bad about
this beautiful, stylish film, and who can blame them?
The cinematography is breathtaking, and
the costumes are exquisite. However, it lacks substance.
A lot can be said for underplayed roles,
but the heart of the story has been sacrificed for a vision.
Beautiful to look at--yes. A story you
can understand without reading the book--no.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical drama that is focused on a painting
made in about 1665 by artist Johannes Vermeer.
The film offers splendid, lavish visuals
that are crafted with great care. Each frame is like a painting.
The movie could have been silent, because
the dialog is sparse, which forces some of the cast to do most
of their acting with expressions and body language.
The female star excels at using her eyes
and face to help us understand her thoughts.
A pleasing, satisfying production.