Barry Lyndon

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * · · · · )

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Barry Lyndon is a pretty big departure for Kubrick. This director really had an ability to do almost any kind of movie in any time period with any genre. Barry Lyndon is the story of a boy in English controlled Ireland during the 18th century. It is about his travels as everything from a rogue to a soldier to a gambler to a spy to a gentleman of royalty. It shows his ability to grow as a character from the love struck young lad to the soldier in war to the evil aristocrat. It follows his life and the lives of those around him. The story is quite entertaining, but a little slow for my tastes. The characters are quite good and the direction is top notch of course. It didnt quite have the impact of some other epic films that I have seen, but it still does a good job. The DVD was another mono non-enhanced transfer that I am getting tired of defending. It is hard to watch after you have seen what a good picture and soundtrack can do to a movie. Still not a bad film at all.