Ed Harris, one of my favourite actors, scores again as the famous composer in a, I suspect, mainly fictional story about a beautiful young woman sent to copy his music for orchestra prior to a preview performance. Of course, the music is great and,surprisingly, Diane Kruger is very good as the young woman. There is some dubious dialogue eg. "haven't had a hard-on since.....". Hardly 18th century talk. But the film is enjoyable mainly thanks to the actors. Three and a half stars.
Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827
mama huhu (sosolala) :-S...Ed Harris is no Beethoven...he's better as Jackson Pollock! The plot is a bit of a kitsch and ludicrous fantasy, you might watch it with no high expectation though, so you'll be less disappointed...
I was entertained right from the start of this movie.Well cast and an unusual storyline.
classicle lovers will enjoy, I believe Beethoven only had one female in his life, wether this is true or not very enjoable
Okay. Beethoven was superbly depicted - but you are always aware that it isn't true - pure fiction - and kinda unlikely and therefore not believable.
Excellent film, the acting and the symphony were great but unfortunately the disc was faulty towards the end.
Very, very intense and interesting period piece!
LOVED the story..
A superb effort from Ed Harris throughout. He'll become a favourite of mine now. I'd recommend this high quality biography flick
As far as plots go, it is not very big by current standards. In terms of historical context, there are not many people who wielded the power of Ludwig von without having an army to back them up. I am no muso but the depiction of the leads conducting this most famous symphony was done in a way that made conducting make sense (something it never has before in my 45 years; if you can read music, why do you need a conductor?)
True, I am a big fan of Ed Harris, and this is in my opinion a powerhouse performance in what is (while extremely pretty in a costume drama sort of way) otherwise quite a meager film.
Not bad. Warm enough and beleivable. It was quite enjoyable to watch Beethovens rather unsociable habits and behaviours in a day when things we may consider gross was tolerated.
When I selected this title I wanted inspiration and a glimpse into the creative and personal life of Beethoven.
This movie delivered exactly what I hoped.
In fact, I liked it so much I viewed it four times and I will say there are small things you pick up on the more you watch it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the music and story as a whole!
Pompous, ponderous and one dimensional, cliche characters. Worth watching only for the music and the recreation of 1820's Vienna.
Being a classical music enthusiast with most of Beethoven's "earthshattering" music on disc I enjoyed this film imensly.
Gotta love Beethoven! And Ed Harris - what a maestro! Just as intense as in 'Pollock', he makes you believe he's the character... And the music, well it's nothing short of brilliant and runs througout the movie. Makes up for the foreign actors speaking English with a pretend Austrian accent, which is odd compared to the accents Kruger and Harris.
I enjoyed this movie and the music was superb, but it just seemed to 'miss' somehow, a very good acting performance helped rescue it.
Music was lovely but didn't like the film.
Great camera-work and storyline, but spoilt(for me,almost ruined) by those American accents, and dialogue(e.g.'hard-on','whatever'!!)
Quite a difficult movie to watch, times I lost interest
We thought it was excellent. Poor old Beethoven had a tough life, but his friends had it tougher. Great music, excellent character portrayals.
I really enjoyed this movie. Didn't think Ed Harris looked like Beethoven, but enjoyed the acting and storyline!
I think the film took liberties with the truth but the music and acting was wonderful
Not what I thought it would but turned out to be a very good movie. Great story
Good performance by Ed Harris as Beethoven and Diane Kruger puts in another strong effort. Her work continues to impress. Just seemed to be something missing overall.
Worth the viewing, the music is fantastic.
Enjoyable unusual part of the life of Beethoven, the musical selections were magnificent, the plot and its characters were a bit odd but well acted, some beautiful scenery helped make an excellent film.
Not bad if you like classical music Otherwise though, nothing really new or interesting in this one.
Despite the good acting and beautiful music this film was a real disappointment. Paper thin plot and predicatble. Not a patch on Amedeus.
The unfailing power of the mighty 9th Symphony is given a private perspective on it's creation alongside the well-deserved public accolades it received from the Viennese. Harris and Kruger are very convincing. Recommended
Not a blockbuster - it was okay but there wasn't a lot of storyline to the whole thing- a bit empty
Amadeus, Beethoven... Amadeus, Beethoven. Filmicly, very little to choose. Both wonderful. I did love the nod to 'Clockwork Orange' as Beethoven's relative first enters for all the world dressed like Malcolm McDowell's Alex when he strode through the record shop.