Genre Guesstimation – Titus (1999)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by James of Blogging By Cinema Light and we will be reviewing our favorite Shakespeare in Film Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to shakespeareanJim@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice James!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Shakespeare in Film Movies.

“Rome is but a wilderness of tigers.” – Titus

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Upon returning from war victorious, a Roman general must deal with deceit and deception within the political arena.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing ever since it came out twenty years ago yet never had the opportunity to do so since things seemed a bit too intense.

This is actually a film that I had very high expectations for largely due to the fact that it stars Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.

The way that this film is presented is done in a horrendous way and makes very little sense in the way that things play out.

The movie does some very strange things in order to try and remain unique and in the end they hurt the film more than help it.

The film gives each character a different motif and presents their wardrobe and set pieces in different time periods which instead of helping things along, make the story even more convoluted and confusing along the way.

With a running time of over two and a half hours, this film is much too long and things get quite boring at certain parts because of the way that it feels as if the story is just dragging along.

This is extremely a shame because there was so much more potential here in telling this story and it seems completely wasted.

Bottom Line – Horrendous film that makes little sense. Had such high expectations for this film especially given that it stars Hopkins and Lange as the leads. The film tries to be unique in the way that it presents things but the choice to use different time periods style and motifs for each of the characters just doesn’t work at all.  The story itself is very convoluted and confusing the whole way through. The film drags along too much and is quite boring in numerous scenes which is such a shame because this could have been so much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer, Producer, and Director Julie Taymor used anachronistic props and clothes throughout this movie (chariots, tanks, swords, and machine guns) because she wanted to symbolically depict two thousand years of warfare and violence. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. This story is a complete mess and the attempt to use various motifs and time periods for different characters just makes things even stranger and more obtuse.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Titus (1999)

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