A Bigger Splash

Italian director Luca Guadagnino does a wonderful job of providing us with a dazzling view of the Mediterranean landscape. There was also a powerful cast of actors including Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.
However, I was pretty bored.
Thankfully, there was a lot of nudity to perk me up and keep me awake. I did almost doze off twice during A Bigger Splash, which is not a good sign.
Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) was an internationally famous rock star on vacation with her lover Paul ( Matthias Schoenaerts) and she was nursing a vocal condition that did not allow her to speak above a raspy whisper. Things were going great until Marianne’s former flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) inserted themselves in on the couple.
Fiennes brought an energy to this film that was undeniable. He was really over the top with this character, and at times he was as abrasive as he was entertaining. It was clear that he had an agenda for his relationship with Marianne. It was revealed that Harry had introduced Paul to Marianne, trying to provide a way out of their relationship.
Even with the supposed friendship between these three characters (not counting the unexpected daughter), the bounds of friendship seemed to be pushed to its breaking point several times and this really made me wonder why Marianne and Paul put up with the eccentric actions of Harry.
Plus…everybody is naked.
This might be a very European way to look at the human body, but every time Harry stripped naked to jump into the pool in front of everybody (including his daughter) I found it odd.
There was very little in way of a story involved in this movie, relying on the performances of the actors to carry the movie. This meant that when the film seemed to make a right turn near the end, it felt very weird and out of place. The last 30 minutes of this movie was very bizarre and does not pay off. There are several questions left to answer, that the film leaves to the viewer to determine. And while I would usually not be opposed to that technique, in this case, I needed to know the answers to really know how to react to the unexpected character swaps that happen in the conclusion.
Overall, A Bigger Splash was kind of boring and lacked a story, but bragged some good performances by some really talented actors who are almost able to save the film.

2.4 stars

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