As many who know me can attest, I am a fan of foreign films. Usually, I would even admit that English films that take place in Europe usually get a pass from me for effort. In some regards, it is even more relatable to watch the cultural fish out of water story than something more authentic and locally made. You can read my review of Lost in Translation as an example of this. It had an impact on me that a Japanese made film with Japanese actors could not.
To a certain degree, most Science Fiction works this way. We want to see humanoids battle space dictators and enter light speed. Seldom are the protagonists in film a six foot one-eyed blob called Qloip.
Simply, we want to relate.
A Bigger Splash basically throws those principals out the window. Most of the characters are so unlikeable an uninteresting that they might as well be Qloip. I was incredibly bored most of the movie, despite the effort Ralph Fiennes put in to try to make it entertaining. There is a limit an eccentric character can save a film if it isn’t a comedy.
Then, there were the flashbacks as if it would reveal some secrets that audience couldn’t infer from the acting and dialogue.
Tilda Swinton, despite being a decent actor, is pretty unbelievable as a rock star. Matthias Schoenaerts is pretty unforgettable in playing the boytoy boyfriend that represents a physical outlet. Dakota Johnson is just as convincing as she was in Fifty Shades of Gray.
Ralph Fiennes is decent, and maybe it would have been a better story if it just followed him in his POV the entire time, even to the splashy ending.
This movie simply will be flushed from my mind, which is a rather difficult feat with an interesting environment.
Movie Rating: 2/10 splashes