Movie Review: Fox Searchlight's A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writers: David Kajganich, Alain Page
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson
MPAA Rating: Rated R for graphic nudity, some strong sexual content, language and brief drug use
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In A BIGGER SPLASH, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker, (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved.

A true Rock N' Roll story. One that shows what it could be like to get away from that kind of lifestyle, and get your life back on track afterwards. A rekindled flame is what sparks off this story and takes audiences through a short vacation that could end up in only one way.

I loved this film. This is what most people would call an artistic film. In my mind - I understand why we classify films as "artsy" films - but ALL movies are artistic. When I say this film was what everyone would call artistic I mean that it's a slow story and Guadagnino focuses on the character behind it, including beautiful shots that would make any lover of film immediately love the movie. One of the best things I heard as I was walking out of the theater was "Did you see that cinematography?! That is what really attracted me - that and how it was edited together." Usually this is how I'm talking with my friends about a movie, so to overhear someone else speaking like this gave me hope that film goers are actually appreciating how the film is made.

But, with an artistic film comes a story that is slow and leaves most audience members going "What did I just watch?!" I overheard a different conversation that went along these lines. They were confused, didn't understand why they had sat through the film. While most people would've gotten attached to characters - with Ralph Fiennes' amazing portrayal of a musical producer who actively loves his job - others will want a gripping tale that throws them around.

For me I loved this film. Ralph Fiennes' dancing is something every Harry Potter fan needs to see. Yes the story was slow going, but it was also heart breaking-ly real. Issues get brought up that everyone has to deal with in life, and yet everyone wants to not realize we deal with. 

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