This review is from: Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer [DVD] (DVD)
I was drawn to watch this film when it came on TV as i was entertained by the split of people loving or hating it and wandered where my feelings would lie after having veiwed it.
The film is about the adventures of Jean-Baptiste Grunuis, a peasant born with a extremely exeptional sence of smell, by jingo this boy can smell anything.
After copping a whiff of some good looking lass he gets a taste of the ulitamte smell, the smell of beauty !!
He becomes hopelessly seduced, tormented and addicted by this smell and spends the main of the film on a compulsive mission to seek it out and own it at all costs.
He finds the 'essence of beauty' for the whole from nubile atractive young ladies and his uncontrollable lustful desire to obtain the smell result in multiple deaths of aforementioned young ladies as he attemps at unsuccessfuly, then successfully extracting it from them. The potion he creates from all the essences create a potent potion with some interesting side effects that help him transcend the usual shackles that law and reality binds all the rest of us too :)
Firstly, i have to say i can see where the people who hate this film are coming from. Having never read the book and not knowing anything about the story before watching the film i felt like i was a bystander or a third party kept on the outside and never really being allowed to get to grips with and become entwined in the true colours of the tale that was being woven. The main protagonist of the film is a silent sort of chap and doesn't really say much throughout its entire length. Obvioulsy its whats going on in his head (and nose) that sustains a large part of the interest in the book i'd imagine and its frustrating to realise this.
As a consequence of the above you don't really get to bond whole-heartedly with Jean-Baptiste my personel summery of him is 'mysterious weirdo' which is by no means a bad thing, i was entertained watching him forfilling his bizarre personal quest through gorgeously shot locataion around the south of france and was kept interested pretty much throughout the whole of the film however i never really felt a part of the story and as such it became just another slightly above average film adaptation of what by all accounts is a very gripping and engrosing book.