I love Greenaway. He may never reach the heights of his 80s/early 90s films, but there is always something to enjoy in his work, even if you just turn your brain off and let the sensory overload roll over you. I also like that F. Murray Abraham is popping up in more films lately with this and Budapest and Llewyn Davis. He is a lot of fun here and he is always best when his scene chewing works for the character. In other words, perfect for Greenways style of artificiality.
Great. My favorite Greenaway changes back and forth between this, Prospero, and Cook depending on which one I’ve watched recently.
Might be the best score ever, certainly the one I listen to the most.
While I can certainly pick out motifs and ideas , I always feel like some of his material is going over my head, but I also don’t care one bit. The world he creates is so whole and intriguing that I just love spending time there.
The comparisons are easy to make in general, but this film especially feels like all the best Wes Anderson has to offer distilled down.