The Regaling About Richard Burton Blogathon – Equus (1977)


This is my 1st of 3 reviews for the The Regaling About Richard Burton Blogathon being hosted by Gill of WeegieMidget.

Tnx for letting me partake Gill!

“Moments snap together like magnets forged in a chain of shackles. Why? I can trace them, I can even with time pull them apart again. But why at the start were they ever magnetized at all. Why those particular moments of experience and no others, I do not know! And nor does ANY BODY ELSE! And if *I* don’t know, if I can *never* know, what am I doing here? I don’t mean clinically doing, or socially doing, but fundamentally. These whys, these questions, are fundamental. Yet they have no place in a consulting room. So then do I? Do any of us? ” – Martin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A psychiatrist trues to gain an understanding as to why a stable boy viciously attacked a number of the horses under his care.

My Take on it – This was not an easy film to get through.

I’ve been curious about this movie for quite some time, yet never really had to the urge to take the plunge and see what it was all about since I knew it was a very cerebral film with very little actually happening on screen.

The performances by both Ricard Burton and Peter Firth are quite commendable and both were deserving of their Oscar nominations for these roles yet the film itself feels somewhat mediocre and is completely too esoteric throughout.

It feels too often as if they are attempting to find very deep messages in everything that characters say or do instead of finding a way for the viewer to connect to the characters in some way or another.

The story itself moves along at a snails pace and gets too boring because they don’t give us any reason to care about these characters at all.

This film is a very blatant allegory yet the choice to try and be sensationalist or to mesmerize the viewer with what is happening because the story itself fails to be relatable or believable enough.

Bottom Line – Great performances  by Burton and Firth in a somewhat mediocre and all to esoteric film. They try too hard to be existential and attempt to find very deep meanings within things that they characters say or do. The story moves along way too slowly and it doesn’t manage to give us any reason to care about either of the main characters or what will happen to them. The allegory is quite blatant the whole way through yet they want the viewer to be mesmerize by all that is happening even if it’s quite difficult because the story just doesn’t work very well since it doesn’t feel believable enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Richard Burton had hoped this film would lead to a major comeback in his career. Instead the film was a notorious flop, and he only received offers for minor films and was never again a star in box office terms. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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11 thoughts on “The Regaling About Richard Burton Blogathon – Equus (1977)

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  2. Hi Rob—cerebral is the word here and not a script for everyone! Burton and Firth were,both nominated for Oscars here, and I also think Plowright is excellent as the mother…but you are right, it was not a box office hit and Burton’s best days were behind him. I do enjoy his vocal stylings in the monologues, and the playwrights language.

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