The Last Emperor

Although I generally like Chinese movies, maybe it’s time to close this run down. I rented this movie on Netflix, not knowing the difference, I got disc 2 first. Disc 2 is the directors cut and it over 2 hours long (disc 2 = 2+ hours).

I didn’t get it.

I mean I didn’t get it, and I really tried. My wife told me she didn’t get it when I was still trying to and I said, “Just wait, it will fill in the story with the flash-backs.” But it didn’t, at least not in the way that I needed it to. Then I thought, “Maybe disc 2 is the continuation of disc 1, maybe the first half of the move was there.” I was wrong.

It’s a lovely story, actually quite intriguing. I’d love to know more, but not from Bernardo Bertolucci, the film’s director. The film was released in 1987 and won 9 Oscars, the cinematography was beautiful and the story true and interesting, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Despite the fact that Peter O’Toole was in it, I award it a paltry 2 stars. Art can be art without me understanding it, but movies need to be entertaining.

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