Film Review: A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos

Alan Rickman’s romantic period drama A Little Chaos is pure escapism. As such, it ticks the boxes despite some flaws.

Sabine is a talented landscape designer. When she is commissioned to work on one of the gardens at Versailles for King Louis XIV, Sabine is thrown out of her comfort zone with the politics of court, and a burgeoning relationship…

A Little Chaos offers wonderful imagery in its polished vision of a period drama. Visual aesthetics work more successfully than narrative aspects, although viewers should be sufficiently entertained. Director and star Alan Rickman appears to favour gloss over grit in this period piece.

A Little Chaos moves at a suitable pace, with romance occupying the main strand of the film. There is the requisite chemistry between the two main characters, although the script’s attempts to provide friction falls a little flat.

The characterisation of protagonist Sabine is weak. The back story in A Little Chaos suffices only to illustrate why the character would show restraint. Other than this, Sabine is drawn a little too perfect, particularly highlighted by the fact that she is surrounded by imperfect characters.

Humour in the film is entirely welcome. Rickman knows exactly what he is doing with the comedic elements; revelling in the absurdity of it all. As such, A Little Chaos has a strange tone; the deep sighs and corsetry meshing oddly with the pseudo-parody of the period drama. The film touches on the issues of high society of the day, even if some attitudes feel too evolved for the era. Social dynamics are discussed, but not over indulged.

A Little Chaos‘s costumes, sets and styling are marvellous. Cinematography is strong for the most part, although a few shots break with the overall style of the film. Kate Winslet is good as ever in the strong female role she often occupies. Rickman and Stanley Tucci appear to enjoy hamming up their parts.

Entertaining but not wholly satisfying, A Little Chaos is amiable enough viewing. Rickman attempts to reach beyond a straightforward period drama, although it is not clear exactly what he is aiming for.

Stuff To Look At

This week we have plenty of clips and trailers for next year’s releases, including Inherent Vice, Jupiter Ascending and A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos

Period drama A Little Chaos is about the unlikely landscape architect of the Palace of Versailles. Directed, co-writtend and starring Alan Rickman, the film focuses on Kate Winslet’s Madame Sabine de Barra. A Little Chaos is out in cinemas on 17th April 2015.

Inherent Vice

Here is a brief clip from the upcoming Inherent Vice. Paul Thomas Anderson’s film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Reese Witherspoon among others. Inherent Vice is released in UK cinemas on 30th January 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road

This Mad Max: Fury Road trailer caused quite a storm when it was unleashed last week. From the trailer at least, the film is striking on a visual level. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, Mad Max: Fury Road hits the big screen on 15th May 2015.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke return for time-travelling comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2. After the success of the first film, the group venture into the future, as well as the distant past in this instalment. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is released in UK cinemas on 10th April 2015.

Jupiter Ascending

Here is an extended V spot for upcoming science fiction blockbuster Jupiter Ascending. I can’t get over Channing Tatum’s ears. Also starring Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending hits UK screens on 6th February 2015.

The Last Five Years

Based on the theatre show, The Last Five Years is a musical which tells the story of a five-year relationship. Anna Kendrick once again shows off her vocal skills, following Pitch Perfect and the upcoming Into The Woods. The Last Five Years is scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sees the cast from the first film reunited, along with newcomer Richard Gere. This follow-up sees Dev Patel’s Sonny open a second hotel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is set for release on 26th February 2015.