The movie is the story of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio who was an Italian painter in the 16th century, through the eyes of the Pope's investigator. He was known for painting "what he saw", some kind of reality that he wanted close to the divine, which was of course not ok with the Catholic Church. Within his paintings, you could see famous prostitutes, hoboes, represented as saints, such as Mary or St Peter. His life has multiple legends around it, he was known to have sexual relationships with both males and females, while painting for the Church, and his competitors tried to destroy him for that. He had to flee Rome after killing (accidentally?) someone and lived in Naples, Sicily, Malta, etc. The story of the movie is a bit long, but this is not why you should see this movie. The whole movie is staged as a painting, with that kind of atmosphere that you get from 16th century Italian paintings. Would I watch it again? No, but I am happy I watched it.
Reviewed by marsh-victor6 / 10
Turgid and lacking narrative subtlety.
The hypocrisy of key Church figures who condemn the sensuality of the painter, all the while competing to hoard his art seems bizarre, the figure of Caravaggio becomes an attractive and sympathetic revolutionary hero in a secular era. While his animalistic rutting grosses me out he gets the best lines. The investigator who travels around interviewing witnesses is so intent on his task he becomes one-dimensional. But the film suffers from such poor narrative construction that it becomes tedious and repetitive, gradually dulling my interest. If the powerful originality of the artist's output were shown more clearly I would have found it more enjoyable.
Reviewed by AvionPrince167 / 10
Vision of an art
An interesting view of the life of Michel Angelo. We saw how he considered his work, his life. I dont know if the writers take liberty with the life of that guy or just record what they heard about him. Was it any truth behind the images we saw? I guess so. I really love it to see the fight between the church, the states against Michel Angelo and his paintings and what they represent (poverty, sickness, violence) but for him it was only the representation of the real and that was pretty interesting to see. I enjoyed the movie and the representation of Michel Angelo. I found it pretty interesting and the fights until the end where he got killed by a guy who he killed his brother. It was a life where Michel Angelo had some problems to be understand as an artist and as a man. I really like the movie anyway and see these struggles of the life of Michel angelo. Was pretty informative and interesting at the same time.