Review: Set in the 17th century Amsterdam during the Tulip mania, an artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait.
Director: Justin Chadwick
Actors: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Tom Hollander, Matthew Morrison, Kevin McKidd, Douglas Hodge, Joanna Scanlan, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, David Harewood, Alexandra Gilbreath and Cara Delevingne
Genre: Drama, History and Romance
This is a film that starts off really good and promising and then ends up losing its thread half way through. It is like everyone in the film just gave up years ago but have been called back to finish the finishing touches off. It is such a shame because there is such a strong cast list. It was like they were all acting and therefore I couldn’t enjoy watching the film. It is like they have all just come out of acting class and this is their first major film. The only one I felt that I could take seriously was Judi Dench but she was only in a few short scenes. It is a shame as it is a bit of Dutch history that we should all know and should be interesting. The film was shot in 2014 but the release date was postponed for three years. Dreamworks set this film up way back in 2004 and had built a massive set of the Amsterdam canals. They had also planted 12,000 tulips. Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Jim Broadbent had all signed up to star in it then the plug was pulled from the project just 12 days before shooting. What a different story it all could have been.