TULIP Rating: NR
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Justin Chadwick
Written By: Tom Stoppard
In Theaters: Feb 24, 2017, Limited
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: Worldview Entertainment
REVIEW OF TULIP FEVER
Finally, a long-awaited film has been unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival, giving fans their first official glimpse of its all-star cast in action.
The film TULIP FEVER, based on a book by a British novelist, will star the cream of home-grown talent, from Dame Judi Dench to model Cara Delevingne and Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
An artist (DANE DEHAAN) falls for a young married woman (ALICIA VIKANDER) while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. Nothing throws a wrench in things faster than when a movie’s young, beautiful trophy wife meets an equally young and beautiful man. And if he’s an artist like Dane DeHaan’s character is here in Tulip Fever? Forget it. The trailer doesn’t feature any “Draw me like one of your French girls” moments, but things definitely move in that direction, as it includes plenty of shots of the two canoodling. Eventually, Sophia tries to fake her own death, but given the tone of the trailer, it seems we shouldn’t be too optimistic about how that turns out. What’s conspicuously kept out of the trailer, for obviously understandable reasons, is what happens when Waltz’s Cornelis Sandvoort (what a name!) finds out about any of this.
The film, which appears theaters July 17, was directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl). The screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), based on the book by Deborah Moggach. It will be interesting to see how well these voices blend together—and ultimately, what sort of character they have Waltz playing. Will he be forgiving, or is this movie going to end with someone sleeping in a coffin for good?