Seeing 1975’s Barry Lyndon again reminded me that skills such as those possessed by writer/director Stanley Kubrick are rare.
Only a handful of directors live in that league. Kubrick died in 1999 just before the release of Eyes Wide Shut. What blows my mind is the impact Kubrick had on the industry considering he didn’t make that many movies. Kubrick did just 16 in 48 years and only three in the last 19 years of his life.
But those three were incredible. The cinematography, the stories, the acting and the larger-than-life presentation makes Kubrick’s 16 some of the most amazing movies ever done.
Barry Lyndon stars Ryan O’Neal as the 18th century’s Redmond Barry, who struggles to live the life of a nobleman. Believing he’s entitled to a title, Barry has no values or morals and will do whatever is necessary to get there.
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The story is pretty good. The real appeal are the sets, locations, the award-winning cinematography and costumes. They overwhelm O’Neal and the acting of his co-stars. That makes Stanley Kubrick the real star of Barry Lyndon. Enjoy this one. It’s a treat on a big screen.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated PG though it does have nudity. It plays Friday, September 25 only at 8 p.m. at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.