Waiting for the Barbarians2020
Waiting for the Barbarians (2020)
Critic Consensus: Admirable in theory but disappointing in execution, Waiting for the Barbarians struggles to turn strong performances and worthy themes into affecting drama.
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This is proficient, measured filmmaking from a director who has already peered more deeply, and persuasively, into colonialism's heart of darkness.
Despite its nostalgic trappings, the film, Colombian director Ciro Guerra's English-language debut, soon reveals itself as timely in the extreme: This is a parable of the good cop.
Despite the sincerity that's in every scene with Rylance's performance, the movie's good intentions remain wistful, and thoroughly frustrating.
It's a collision of talents, technique and even philosophy: The much-honored Mr. Rylance can be an antidote to actorly artifice; Mr. Depp is a delivery system for eccentricity.
Sparks fly thanks to the star power of Depp, Pattinson and Rylance, but not enough for award-winning Colombian director Ciro Guerra to save this anti-imperialist allegory from the thuddingly obvious.
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