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Almost a decade after their Blockbuster marital comedy“Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt are back on the big screen with this Romantic Drama, which is Jolie and Pitt’s first venture outside the world of Wartime Stories (“ Unbroken”,” In the Land of Blood and Honey”) but sadly, she tries to replicateEuropean art movies and fails in this staggering 122 mins film.
Roland(Brad Pitt) is a boozy author suffering from a writers’ block; Vanessa( Angelina Jolie Pitt) is a Dancer. Their marriage was set during the 1960’s in France; a time when cigarette smoking was prominent. They decided to escape to the French coast to find a solution to their relationship which was battling with a lot of problems. However, only silences seem to do the talking. Their relationship seemed to discover a way out when they discover a hole in the wall and start spying on the French couple next door (Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud). A sensual amusement? Or was it more of an impactful review of their more youthful selves?
Brangelina together after such a long time is quite interesting and exciting, but not when Angelina decides to direct, act and handle screenwriting along with the addition of venturing outside her comfort zone (Wartime Stories) at the same time. While Brad Pitt is able to manage a graceful performance, he cannot cover up for his faltering counterpart. The movie seems to stretch a bit too long and by the time Angelina decides it’s time to reveal the sad bromide truth, it’s not surprising for the viewers (If they’re still able to pay attention). Christian Berger’s beautiful shots capturing the scenic beauty had been wasted.
Star Performances :
Brad Pitt as Roland, a writer who has a writers’ block and frequently succumbs to alcohol gives a very controlled and restrictive performance; noteworthy is his French in conversations with Arestrup. Angelina on the other hand is not able to do justice to her role, it’s probably because she’s taken up the task of Director, Writer and an Actor as well. Throughout the film, more than her acting, we seemed to be observing her attire. Her attire was overwhelmingly better than her performance,with special mention to the eye-hadow, which made her look like a zombie or a ghoul or something of that sort.
1. European charm. Undoubtedly, Christian Berger didn’t win the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer (White Ribbon) for nothing! He captured everything beautifully.
2. Brad Pitt. While it’s no performance to go gaga over, it’s definitely a noteworthy performance
3. Angelina’s Wardrobe and makeup. The amount of detail with which it has been done, it’s distracting but aesthetically good to look at.
What’s not there?
1.Take a wild guess. That’s right, Angelina’s acting. It’s a very dull performance from her side.
2. Scripting & Editing: More attention to them might have cut down the runtime and the overall disappointment. It’s like chewing gum, stretchy and tiring after a point.
Overall, By the Sea is a film you might want to skip, unless you have a good 122 minutes to waste and have absolutely nothing to do. The cinematography could help you stay focused and probably Angelina’s wardrobe too. I believe there’s better cinema out there for you to watch, and treat this review as a ‘Men in Black’ Neuralyzer and forget about the movie.
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