I remember wanting to see ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ after seeing the trailer, and this movie opened the last weekend before the lockdown, and I even contemplated about going that weekend – my safety-first attitude got the better of me, thankfully. Now that I have finally seen it, I am doubly glad. Could you imagine if I had gotten sick because of seeing this movie? It’s a mostly uninspired piece of mess.
There are a lot of things going for this. It has that European art movie feel that gets me all the time. It has an interesting cast – Elizabeth Debicki can hold the screen and get you interested, and Mick Jagger is a curious choice. Plus. Lake Como is beautifully featured and shot, But they all add up to a beautiful emptiness here.
The plot, based on a 1971 book, took too long to get going, and when it finally did, was not believable and too fast, There is a delicious air of satire in there somewhere commenting on art and art criticism, and I did get ‘it’ ultimately, but waiting for it felt like an eternity.