Flash Movie Review: A Little Chaos

I listened and looked but still did not quite understand how the relationship worked. In its infancy there was a given intimacy as a comfortable space was created to allow for growth. The amount of attention given was at a high level so that everything that would help keep things fresh had an opportunity to do so. For years I was a bystander as I listened to friends talk about their gardens. The relationship they had with their gardens provided them with a pleasure that made little sense to me. Sitting in a friend’s backyard watching them prune and weed patches of open land that were thriving with vibrant colors only perplexed me. Yet after all these years something has happened inside of me. I have been visualizing seeing mounds of ornamental grasses with feathered tops out my back windows, watching how breezes would tickle the tops and cause the grass to sway. Besides the tall grasses there was a row of plants in different stages of colorful growth going down the width of my house. So I decided to dig in and bought 10 plants that I planted in the same way as in my visualizations. And wouldn’t you know it, everything I saw my friends do to their plants I am now doing to mine. Little uninvited sprouts of green invaders keep trying to circle my plants but I find myself stopping by each plant everyday to violently remove these interlopers. I have a new appreciation for what it takes to create a beautiful garden.    King Louis XIV, played by Alan Rickman (Harry Potter franchise, Nobel Son), wanted and expected the gardens around his palace in Versailles to be something that no one had every seen anywhere in the world. The responsibility befell Andre Le Norte, played by Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd, Rust and Bone), who was taking a big risk in hiring landscape artist Sabine De Barra, played by Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland, Labor Day). This romantic drama had as you can imagine a beautiful look to it. I thought the story’s premise was wonderful and loved the idea that some of the things portrayed in this film could have a basis of truth in them. All the actors were so believable and really commanded the viewer’s attention. I had to hand it to Alan, not only was the role a perfect fit for him but he was also the director and one of the writers for this period piece. Maybe he took on a bit much because the script lacked a deeper level of drama, along with keeping the characters two-dimensional. On the plus side I liked the feminist angle the writers were trying to convey. This picture about the gardens of Versailles needed a little more pruning.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 3, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Thank you for writing about this film. I still have yet to see this film, but I need to do so, as I’ve always admired Kate Winlset.

    I would also like to invite you to participate in my upcoming blogathon in August. The link is below with more details

    https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/in-the-good-old-days-of-classic-hollywood-presents-the-barrymore-trilogy-blogathon/

    • No need to thank me, it was my pleasure. This film is now being offered for viewing by VOD, video on demand. I hope you get to see it and if you do, would enjoy hearing your take on it. Thank you also for the blogathon, I will check it out.

      • I will let you know when I see it. Let me know if you would like to participate in the blogathon, so I can add you to the roster with your choice of topic.

      • Hi again; I checked on what my schedule is going to be like and sadly I will have to pass for now on the blogathon. It was very kind of you to offer and I deeply appreciate your kindness. Hopefully there will be another time down the road.

  2. I am a book person, but these trailers always leaves me wanting to watch the movie. When can I a little chaos? Presently, I am in United Arab Emirates, just in case you know of somewhere. I hope I grow to have the patience in keeping a garden. I love admiring them from a distance. Hoping to hear from you. Thanks
    http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/

  3. “This picture about the gardens of Versailles needed a little more pruning.” Great ending line! 😀

  4. I’ve seen the trailer before. I hope the movie is as good. I like the way you write your review.

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