Mr. Movie

Battelle offers 'I Am Love,' which I didn't even like

Tilda Swinton is Emma Recchi, a middle-aged Russian woman in a loveless marriage.

Her husband is the head of a powerful and connected Italian family.

Emma’s son’s best friend is Antonio, a chef with dreams. To Emma he is dreamy and wakens passion in her that disappeared long ago.

I didn’t love I Am Love. A lot of critics did. Some thought it one of 2009‘s best movies. You might, too. Other than how it is done, I can’t say I even liked the movie at all.

Admittedly, I Am Love is beautiful. Director Luca Guadagnino gets a high mark for the landscapes, the homes, the art, set decoration, costumes — everything about it is a visual feast.

If only Guadagnino put some life into all that beauty. His movie is a soap opera, a story as sterile as the surrounding sets and as lifeless as Emma’s marriage.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars

Rated R for mature themes, nudity. It plays at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 only at the Battelle Auditorium.

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.