A few weeks ago my I took my husband to Rome for an afternoon of sightseeing at the Vatican Museums. You know just a little hop over the pond!
We went via the wonders of the movie theatre where I had generously been given tickets by Graf-Martin Communications for the purpose of writing this review.
We made two big mistakes:
1. We went to see it right after lunch.
2. On a Sunday afternoon.
This is, unfortunately, when we are usually taking a lovely Sunday afternoon nap. We had a hard time staying awake!
A documentary on art, no matter where it is, is not an action packed, thrilling adventure, so you need to be prepared for that.
This documentary will appeal to those who are art lovers, historians and intellectuals. There is rich history tied up in the Vatican Museum collections and the documentary touched on a broad aspect of that history. I guess we aren’t quite cultured enough to truly appreciate this type of film.
I was hoping to see more of the actual pieces done by such masters as Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Michaelangelo and Raphael. We weren’t disappointed in that we saw pieces by such, but often the same one over and over again and not for very long. Of course, cinematography can’t do justice to such amazing works of art as the Sistine Chapel ceiling even if they are in 3D.
I believe the film wasted some time that could have been given to the actual art pieces for which the Vatican Museums are famous and less time on a very melodramatic background thread that ran through the length of the film – after the first two pieces of that thread I was over it and wanted it to go away.
As well, much of screen time was given to a very learned man talking in Italian with a narrator. We didn’t need to watch him talk that long in the same setting.
I was a little disappointed in it and at the same time grateful that I had the chance to see the artwork that was presented. Look for theatre listings near you to purchase your tickets.
*I received free tickets to the film in exchange for my honest review from Graf-Martin Communications.