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Plot: At an isolated frontier outpost, a colonial magistrate suffers a crisis of conscience when an army colonel arrives looking to interrogate the locals about an impending uprising, using cruel tactics that horrify the magistrate.
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In Waiting for the Barbarians’ Colonel Joll, Johnny Depp has crafted a great movie villain. I would describe him as either a colonial Darth Vader or a proto-Nazi – and concerning the latter, the character is a textbook illustration of Hannah Arendt’s ‘banality of evil;’ perfectly circumspect, not a single hair out of place, not a single wasted motion.
Depp plays the Colonel inwardly; his eyes invariably covered by round dark glasses, his face an inscrutable waxen death mask, his demeanor cold and calculating – of Captain Jack Sparrow’s drunken buffoonery and shameful overacting not the slightest trace remains.
Joll is, for better or for worse, the black heart and rotten soul of this film. It is said that a hero is only as good as his villain, and that’s where the movie falls short. Mark Rylance’s Magistrate is hopelessly meek, which makes sense seeing as how he will turn out to be a Christ-like figure; the problem is that, while he may or may not be able to carry a cross, he simply isn’t fit, try as Rylance might, to carry a feature-length film.
Now, Depp can’t be in every scene – and he shouldn’t, either; I strongly believe that to make a villain truly effective, the ‘less is more’ approach is the way to go. Director Ciro Guerra and screenwriter J.M. Coetzee (on whose novel the movie is based), however, put the cart in front of the horse; they introduce the film’s most interesting character right off the bat, they place him front and center for a good half hour, and then they bench him for the central portion of the story. This won’t do; you don’t have Jaws jumping out of the water like Shamu in Sea World in the first scene.
With Joll gone, the movie flatlines. Rylance’s performance is by no means bad, but the only thing that hurts the Magistrate more than the comparison with Joll is the latter’s absence, which turns the film’s previously gained momentum into pure inertia. It’s only when Depp returns, about an hour later, that the movie is shocked (as are we; ironically, the Colonel is the only barbarian here) back to life.
In his final appearance, Joll’s carefully constructed impassiveness comes crumbling down; not superficially, mind you, but it takes Depp a single solitary look to tell an entire, unseen story; one that is, perhaps, much more engaging than the one we have actually watched.
Adapted by Nobel Prize winning author J.M. Coetzee from his own book, “Waiting for the Barbarians” is a timely screen retelling of the darkest (and most the most cruel) aspects of colonialism. This period film sadly reflects issues many are dealing with in present day: a society that’s relentless in its quest to oppress “the other.”
An isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire sets the stage for the epic story of a Magistrate (Mark Rylance), a kind soul who lives a routine existence respecting the rule of law, and the disquieting arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), a menacing man that quickly turns things upside down.
Joll and his minions (including Robert Pattinson as Officer Mandel) have been tasked with reporting the activities of the ‘barbarians’ — and their methods are ruthless. The Colonel terrorizes people during violent interrogations, causing the Magistrate to question his own loyalty to the empire. Eventually, he embraces kindness and attempts to rescue a young woman (Gana Bayarsaikhan) who has been abused by Joll and return her to her family.
The script is laid out appropriately, with clear introductions of the characters and an easy-to-follow story. The film is told in chapters and seasons (“The Return,” set in the Spring, is the most visually stunning). It’s filled with pretty shots (from director Ciro Guerra) and gorgeous cinematography (by Chris Menges), and the period set design and costumes are as detailed as they are handsome. It’s not difficult at all to overlook the (sometimes) slow pacing because the film is so well directed.
Every performance here is stellar as well, with a standout turn from Rylance. He makes it easy for viewers to sympathize with his character’s lone beacon of compassion in a violent world. He brings the idea about the way empires feel they must invent enemies to remain relevant to the most basic human level, and that’s what ultimately becomes so effective about “Waiting for the Barbarians.”
Really really good, slow burn
For start waiting for barbarians opens in a best way possible, it doesn’t rush anything, makes you intresting from the very beggining, while maintaining the pace. As the story goes on it gets more and more dramatic. Visualy the movie is very well shot, it looks beautiful and has purpose, which unfortunately is rear nowadays, overall cinematography is amazing, score is really good too, acting, for start Robert Pattinson and Johnny Depp have supporting roles but they performed them very well, leading actor, Mark Rylance has lots of acting to do, he is the main source of emotions and in this movie Rylance is just great. There’s another character played by Gana Bayarsaikhan who also needs to be very emotional, that is the performance that really stole the show. Overall directing, including working with the actors, storytelling and so on, is 10/10, fantastic.
A great movie, great storyline, but not for everyone
I’m a movie goer, I like very much watching great movies, the ones that touch our hearts with their great storyline, and every now and then one comes a long that leaves me think about what I’ve just watched and reflect its story on my personal life and the world we live in and what’s going in it.
I don’t think it was about any specific events in the human history, but it captures very well the cruelty of human beings against each other, but at the same time in the midst of this savagery, there is still someone who still have a very good heart, still human, still have the courage to stand up against those savages, even when his own life is put at risk. I believe it shows extremely well how those who speak the truth and warns us of our evil deeds and the unfairness we do daily how they are being badly treated, mocked and ridiculed in our organizations and our societies. This movie is really great.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Director Ciro Guerra
Writer J.M. Coetzee
Actors Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson
Country Italy, United States
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini, Cooke 5/i and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arri Alexa SXT, Cooke 5/i and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (source format), Digital Intermediate (master format)
Printed Film Format DCP Digital Cinema Package