Goya's Ghosts details
|Starring:||Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Randy Quaid, Javier Bardem, Blanca Portillo, Michael Lonsdale|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Original title||Los Fantasmas de Goya|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Aug 2007|
Most helpful review
As much a political historical piece, as a biography of Goya.By PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 08 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]If you are reading this because you might be interested in seeing period style semi-fact based dramas, this is brilliantly done, and should be a a mustn't miss for you !... If you are not completely into historically fascinating period pieces then this still might keep you interested, but you may find it a bit drawn out.
Highlighting the fluctuating fortunes of Spain in the 1800's, and the life of artist Goya appointed to the court of King Carlos IV, the film exposes the inquisition and its horrific 'witch hunt' inquisitors and the changes brought by the invasion by Napoleons French forces and onto the English who invaded shortly after.
It is as much an historical political piece as a biography of Goya, and is very good indeed at what it does. Well worth watching.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (55) Yes |
- No (2)
Entertaining, if you like pulp historyBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 02 Mar 2011Milos Forman made a name directing One flew over the cuckoos nest and Amadeus. Recently, he seems to have found it hard to get directorial projects. Hence the probable reason this film was financed in Spain rather than Hollywood. He does have a way with larger than life characterisation and rather overblown storylines. It does bring to some life incidents from the Spanish inquisition and the cruel French occupation known as the peninsular wars. We also get some insight into the life and times of the artist Goya. Unfortunately, and probably unsurprisingly, Natalie Portman is not up to playing a woman who has spent 15 years in a Spanish dungeon and is badly let down by the make-up people who give her a very silly look. You may also find that some of the plot twists stretch credulity. Never mind, I still found the film entertaining as a historical recreation.
Worth a watchBy squiggly (10 reviews) from Paisley , 16 Feb 2011Great 'period' drama based around the life and work of Francisco Goya and the political/religious upheaval of his native Spain. He walks a fine line between the church's patronage and his politically scathing cartoon work. Add to the mix a beautiful woman and an evil priest and you have the makings of a great story. Follow Goya as he discovers the barbarity of the church leaders and the shallowness of the royal court and finds in a young woman convicted of heresy a life long cause worth sticking his neck out for.
Goyas GhostBy Medzz43 (6 reviews) from Beckenham , 14 Jan 2011Well acted, especially Natalie Portman, who can do no wrong in my eyes!
Javier Bardem had a very strong role and didn't disappoint.
Depressing, but the subject matter is fairly accurate if the historians are to be believed
Don't bother...By a customer from Poole, Dorset , 09 Nov 2010switched off after about 20 mins as I didn't really enjoy this despite the fact that it featured Stellan Skarsgard (one of my favourite actors). I think it was the torture scenes that put me off!
Portman is outstanding!By Beccajordanna (6 reviews) from Surrey , 20 Sep 2010The film itself was brilliant. Natalie Portman was truly excellent. She made the film without a doubt. However I'm a sucker for a happy ending and there's none to be found here. Its a tragic story of the persecution of an innocent girl. Her suffering does not let up so its not the nicest story don't watch it expecting it to be a heart warming tale, Its not and its quite long. Not sure how true it is to the life of Goya but the fact this mostly happened during the times it was set made it all the more sad. If your interested in the life of Goya or even just a Natalie fan like me then this is for you. If not I don't think you will get much out of it. Its not a crowd pleaser but well done nonetheless.