Title: Amadeus
Year: 1984
Length: 160 minutes
Director: Milos Forman
Writer: Peter Shaffer, based on his play
Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Neville Marriner (supervisor)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Abraham), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Sound; Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Hulce), Best Cinematography and Best Editing; currently #83 on IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a successful composer is mad with jealousy over Mozart
How I saw it: on video several times, most recently (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Indifferent. It’s really hard for me to get past the fact that this comes across like a biopic when it’s entirely fictional.
Characters: Good. The two they’ve got are quite good, but they could have done with a couple more.
Dialog: Bad. I guess it’s impressive that Abraham can deliver this Snidely Whiplash stuff and still be taken seriously.
Pacing: Bad.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It’s entertaining, and it looks impressive, but there’s not enough depth to sustain a three-hour movie.  And the whole misinforming-people-about-history thing is annoying.
Objective Rating: 2.8/4 (Good).


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