Reviewers Notes, humbly submitted:
1. One of those must-see films that contains images, performances, set pieces and snippets of dialog that will haunt you long after you have left the theatre. My favorite is a throwaway line by Harvey Keitel's character casually explaining why for 60 years he has been gullible in his relationship with Caine's character: "I invent stories ... I have to believe everything in order to make things up." (Keitel) That is what reviewers like to call dialog within dialog.
2. Caine is superb, but then again he is always superb.
3. This is an affectation that this reviewer wants to add: since Sorrentino is very direct about wanting this film to be about age, the experience would be enhanced if you watch 1966's Alfie before seeing Youth. To see Caine (at the time) portraying one of the sexiest men alive will take you to a new level of appreciation for what age is about.
4. Some of the images, clearly surreal, could well set the standard for the medium for years to come. They are not only extraordinary but plentiful. Contrast these for example to TV's American Horror Story which pretends to be leading edge in this regard but in fact is merely recycling stuff from 1970s horror films. This is the real deal.
5. Weisz comes full circle. She started her career doing serious roles in indies, temporarily became a saucy sex goddess, and is now a serious actress once again.
6. Only criticism is a problem I have noticed with other films by strong directors like Woody Allen -- the director, doing double duty as the writer, is virtually God in this production and subconsciously the viewer understands that he or she may as well be watching a film made on Mars, because the energy and the characters are so far removed from reality.
Youth (2015) 1080p YIFY Movie
Youth (2015) 1080p
A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.
IMDB: 7.581 Likes
- Genre: Drama |
- Quality: 1080p
- Size: 3.11G
- Resolution: 1920x804 / 23.976 fpsfps
- Run Time: 118
- IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
- MPR: R
- Peers/Seeds: 14 / 93
The Synopsis for Youth (2015) 1080p
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. Written by
The Director and Players for Youth (2015) 1080p
The Reviews for Youth (2015) 1080p
An Audio and Visual Tour de ForceReviewed byA_Different_DrummerVote: 9/10
Reviewers Notes, humbly submitted:
I'm trying to think how I'm going to generate 10 lines about this spectacularly terrible film - certainly one of the worst I've ever seen. The only way this can have been financed is by its inclusion of two "bankable" stars - Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine. However what it was that attracted them to the script beats me. Nonetheless they manage - Michael Caine in particular - to give what must surely be the least convincing performances of their careers. Which is hardly surprising considering the portentous drivel that they have to spout.
I've not bothered to look at anything about the team who made it but it has the feel of a vanity project authored by a group of wealthy film school graduates in their twenties who have minimal experience of life but who have seen a lot of European "art cinema". One recent film it reminded me of was "La Grande Belleza", the difference being that that film actually had some interesting ideas and strong performances.
I stopped watching twice and had a hard time convincing myself to invest any more time on it; on the second occasion, a couple of minutes into the concertscene, about 15 minutes before the end (it feels almost interminable) I didn't bother to resume. Toward the end of this pretentious and totally unconvincing farrago there are a couple of extended expository monologues which attempt to plug the holes in the sieve which constitutes a plot.
There's so much wrong with "Youth" it's impossible to find anything positive to say about it. To call it pretentious garbage would be to compliment it. The two star leads should be ashamed of themselves; they surely can't need the money.
Poor characters, cliché story, terrible dialogue. I feel like I wasted 2 hours of my good time.
I guess cinema fans find it really hard to not like Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, especially when they are this old and look very wise, sagelike.
I guess everybody has a similar expectancy when it is a movie about old age and youth and life... it has to have some wisdom. And the film tries to fulfill this, poorly. It is full of one-phrase self- help wisdom more apt for twitter than for a work of art. Dialogues like: "when you are young everything seems so close (looking through the telescope) that is the future... when you are old everything seems far (looking through the other side of the telescope) that is the past..."
It doesn't even make any sense. And the movie is full of this. Most of the dialogue is either that or just pure nonsense. Sounds very wise at first and when you think about it a minute it's total bull.
Yes Michael Caine can make a scene come alive, but there is no real character development apart from some very worn clichés like the unattached musician who can't relate to the world (I do music because music doesn't need words, just emotions, I don't understand the world, I understand music) And there is no development to his desicions he makes and the changes he goes through. But after all he is an actor and doesn't make a difference how good is and actor if the story is a non-story.
And all the supporting characters... they don't support the story. There is Maradona (obviously) staying at the hotel and he has quite long scenes. I don't see what he has to do with anything. But even the more complex characters like the movie star staying at the hotel, doesn't support the story. Just comes in, blurts out some self-help wisdom and goes out. Same as the "miss universe" that comes in saying "she loves robot movies" and turns into a psychoanalyst in 20 seconds and blurts out some more self-help and out she goes only to come back to expose her entire body naked some minutes later.
I actually thought of giving it a 4 out of 10 just out of respect for the very good acting... but then again, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone except to give an example of bad dialogue writing and still it would be a waste of time.