There Be Dragons (2011)

There Be Dragons (2011)

Released: 2011
Genre: Biography, Drama, Genre, War
Director: Roland Joffé
Starring: Dougray Scott, Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, ,
Run time: 122 min
IMDb: 5.8/10
Country: Spain
Views: 191206

Synopsis

Storyline:
A young journalist long ago rejected by his now aged and dying father finds himself investigating one of his father’s former friends, a candidate for canonization. Uncovering the two men’s complicated relationship from childhood through the horrors of the Spanish Civil War unveils a compelling drama filled with passion, betrayal, love and religion. An action packed story set during a murderous time in history that ultimately serves the present by revealing the importance and timeless power of forgiveness.
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User Reviews: I found this film so pretentious in its aspiration and claims, so boring badly-acted and obviously propagandist in its execution to compel me to write my first review. (When I woke up after the big ZZzzz, I mean…) What it does is to paint a glorified history of the "Saint" and the birth of the Opus Dei, in pure ecclesiastic style, never mind historic accuracy.

It would still be all OK to me if the film had any cinematographic merits, if the acting was good, if dialogue was credible But it really isn’t (e.g., "I wasn’t allowed to play with Jose Maria anymore, my father thought poverty was contagious… My dad had more money, … but Jose Maria had more dad." Excuse me! And also: "Like or not, most young men were celibate, at least as a priest you got paid for it". What? Excuse me!)

So, my advice is: really don’t waste your two hours trying to stay awake during this: if you’re interested in the Opus Dei and Escriva De Balaguer, find a more serious and reliable source, if you only want to go the movies, find a better film. This one should stay in the religious circles were it belongs, not in theatres.

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