It just reinforced the opinion I started forming after I started investigating Francis Ford Coppola's films other than the first two "Godfather"
movies that he's just not very good. Other examples: "The Outsiders", "Jack", "Apocalypse Now", "The Conversation"
. Those last two are so boring and pointless, I can't imagine why they're considered classics. His "Peggy Sue Got Married"
is very nice, though.
This is one of those movies that is beautiful to look at, but just hollow (like "Blade Runner"
). The cinematography, production design, costumes, make-up, and special effects are all excellent (style/aesthetic qualities), but the story and characters were terrible. Gary Oldman is deliciously over-the-top, but everybody else in the movie sucks. Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are way out of their league (Keanu should never be in period pieces...he was the only blotch on the otherwise perfect "Much Ado About Nothing")