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Hugely disappointing - except for the beautiful music
on 23 March 2017
Contrary to the other reviews, I thought the acting was not particularly brilliant and at times downright wooden. There isn't much depth to the characters, in any case. Neither is there much of a story. I suppose if you are very well acquainted with his life anyway, then this film will just highlight a few of his experiences for you. However, for someone who is more or less new to him, the film doesn't explain much of anything, to be honest. Most of the time I didn't have a clue why he was where he was. For instance, his stay with Philip of Spain (one of the very few things I knew about him) wasn't explained at all. In short, as a biography (if that is what it was meant to be) a complete flop. All in all, a very odd film, very flat - so, to me at least, hugely disappointing.
The only reason I'm giving it three stars is because the music and singing are breathtaking. Can't think how they managed that. I had tears in my eyes at one point. And the scenery, clothes, houses etc, were beautiful.