The film renders a surprisingly comprehensive historical atmosphere and defies the tendency of historical biographical dramas to lose themselves in the force of their main character and neglect their historical situation in turn.
The honey-golds, yellows, deep reds and warm brown tones that dominate the film’s color palate, paired with the incredibly personalized camera movement invite the viewer inside the emotional worlds of the characters.
Some actors age gracefully. They forgo the youthful roles of their early careers, often in favor of those more mature and dramatic. Others simply ride their fame and influence to the director’s chair. These are the immortal ones, the Streeps, the McKellens, the De Niros.
In 2019, as the decade draws to a close, it appears that three of the biggest entertainment products of the last decade may end as well: Marvel’s “Avengers”, Disney’s new “Star Wars” trilogy, and of course HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.