Youth (2015)

Paolo Sorrentino just doesn’t do it for me. I certainly enjoy the aesthetic eye-candy but why do I find myself so bored during these things? Caine and Keitel make for an enjoyable double act (their combined acting history and status as British and American icons really adds a lot to their scenes) but every single scene they share is basically the same exact thing over and over. Sure, you might say: “that’s the point! It’s the mundane routine of their life!” but it’s just…not that much fun to watch. Like those in The Great Beauty I like the stylistic diversions but it does make the film feel scattershot as a whole. And the thematic observations feel extremely on-the-nose. Great cast. Proper A-grade filmmaking. Just not my tempo.

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