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A good movie

I already saw this movie but since it was such a long time ago and since I had it on DVD, I was really eager to check it again. I remember it very well though, before it was released, there was a huge buzz about this movie and the expectations were really high. Indeed, in 1992, it was the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus so, obviously, the studios wanted to cash in on this massive event by releasing a big prestigious epic directed by Ridley Scott, one of the best directors around at the time and still today. Eventually, it didn’t get much love and many thought it was a disappointment. Sure, it wasn't a masterpiece but I did like it (and compared to the abysmal ‘Christopher Columbus: The Discovery’, well, it was definitely not so bad after all). Indeed, as usual with Ridley Scott, the directing was solid, the music by Vangelis was truly epic and Gérard Depardieu was an unexpected but interesting casting choice, even if he barely mastered the English language at the time. Eventually, even though the whole thing was pretty strong in the first half, I still have to admit that Scott didn't really know what to do during the second half which was rather unfocused. Anyway, to conclude, in my opinion, this movie doesn’t deserve such a bad rep, I believe it deserves a second chance and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

7/10
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Added by johanlefourbe
6 years ago on 30 July 2014 21:55