Waiting for the Barbarians2020
Waiting for the Barbarians (2020)
Critic Consensus: Admirable in theory but disappointing in execution, Waiting for the Barbarians struggles to turn strong performances and worthy themes into affecting drama.
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Its declarations are too easy, its conclusions too neat.
The screenplay is written by J.M. Coetzee, adapting his own 1980 novel with a strikingly free hand but the message left intact - the eternal awful irony of which Them should really fear which Us.
It's a mixed bag, but worth seeing... The main reason to see it is for Mark Rylance's performance.
The heavy-handed allegory, with Johnny Depp as a ruthless government agent, relies too much on abuse and would-be Big Ideas.
This is proficient, measured filmmaking from a director who has already peered more deeply, and persuasively, into colonialism's heart of darkness.
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