Goya's ghosts is a film that i found really bizarre because we see lots of medieval-like sceneries that is set in the 15th or 16th century. It is a film with a lot of bizarre yet dramatic consequences. I don't know how to fully explain what this film was like to watch. All I can say is that it was a very emotional and depressing story, a story with a little taste of Amadeus to it and it has very good characters. The best keyword I could describe Goya's Ghosts is weird. It is a very indescribable film to me. Javier Bardem was good as Lorenzo because he showed that lovable and weirdness to the character but I somehow feel he was quite villainous because I have a sneaky feeling that he raped Inés while she was in prison. He had that slightly scary look like he was in No Country For Old Men.
Natalie Portman was good as Inés but was like a real prisoner and was a very powerful character with a hard life. I was blown away by how nude Natalie went in one of the scenes in this film. She went rather nude in Closer when she had the stripper clothes on.
Milos Forman's directing was very different compared to his best film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest but on the other hand it was similar to Amadeus because of the costume drama storyline. The script was rather lame on occasions but there were some scenes that were quite entertaining. I couldn't fully understand the story for some reason. The art direction was absolutely awesome with a Sweeney Todd/Gangs Of New York type of design. The costumes were fantastic as well with a very similar sort of design as those two films. The make-up was really good on Natalie Portman because she really did look old when Inés is released from prison. She portrays her own daughter aswell and yet she looked really young. That is where Goya's Ghosts was really weird to watch.
This is not my favourite Natalie Portman film at all but it is her weirdest performance yet. Goya's Ghosts certainly isn't Javier Bardem's best film either. A good film with a very bizarre dialogue.