Dad of Divas' Reviews: Blu-ray - The Agony and the Ecstasy

Friday, February 28, 2014

Blu-ray - The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy

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About the Movie
Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison portray two of the Renaissance's most colorful figures in this historical drama based on Irving Stone's best-seller set in the early 16th century. When Pope Julius ll (Harrison) commissions Michelangelo (Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the artist initially refuses. Virtually forced to do the job by Julius, he later destroys his own work and flees to Rome. Eventually resumed, the project becomes a battle of wills fueled by artistic and temperamental differences that form the core of this movie. Nominated for an Oscar® Cinematography and named one of the year's best films by the National Board of Review.

My Take on the Movie
I had never seen this movie before, but all I can say is WOW! Charlton Heston does an amazing job at bringing to life Michelangelo. You get to see the amazing trials and tribulations of this artist as he worked to create the beautiful artwork in the Sistine Chapel. For anyone that believes in God, this movie will inspire you and allow you to see faith in action.

The movie was wonderfully done and has a plot that draws you in and hold you throughout the entire film. This was a BIG movie with BIG actors, but also a message and undertone that resonated with me too. You will get to see some remarkable costumes and sets on this movie, and I can tell that the movie company put a lot of money into the film development in general (for that day and age).

On top of all of this the on-screen relationship between the Pope (Harries) and Michelangelo (Heston) was priceless. These two great actors had great on-screen chemistry and they simply worked and sold not only their characters, but the movie.

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