From director-writer-producer Todd Field comes TÁR, starring Cate Blanchett as the iconic musician, Lydia Tár. The film examines the changing nature of power, its impact and durability in our modern world.
Well acted, just didn’t understand the premise of the content. Not sure where I was at the end of the story.
Great soundtrack but…
This is one of those late in the year Oscar submissions that comes out around the time of year where the movie studios can claim the “critics agree…” this and “Oscar-worthy…” that. All while keeping the advertising budget before the end of the year low and wait until awards time to remind us this film is deserving of a watch if you haven’t already. But it hasn’t been released in enough areas to get great box-office numbers compared to the other films. Limited release late in the year usually means the politics of how Oscar nom’s work. Hollywood pats itself on the back and more deserving films and actors get overlooked because their producers didn’t play the Awards Game or they didn’t cast an actor the studio wanted in the role.
Even after all of that I wrote above, this film DID cast the actor the director wanted for this film. He was quoted in saying that had she said “no” to the role, this film would not have been made. It was on a limited release seeing as this film isn’t geared towards a large market of those hitting the theaters even before Covid. It is a slow drama that I have had to watch on a streaming network twice now due to the first time it was too late at night to try to watch something so slow.
I love the music. I listen to everything and I used to work for my local symphony right out of high school. The music was recorded as it was played in the scene and it is beautiful, if classical is your thing. More specifically Mahler’s 5th. I put that there as I learned back then that classical concert goers have specific tastes when it comes to composers. Not everyone is into the Romanticism as it tends to drag a bit. But for those who loved it, Mahler was the one who drew the crowds. Me, personally: Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, even Copeland. But I tend to avoid Mahler, Liszt and the likes as it makes me sleepy. Hence why I had to watch twice. We have seen the abusive conductor film before when a foul-mouthed J.K. Simmons played a Jazz Orchestra conductor who physically and verbally abused a great and painful-looking performance out of Miles Teller’s character on drums.
The story of this film isn’t even terrible. It just isn’t a story that really keeps you hooked. The suspense is too subtle. It is a work of fiction so I believe the script could have added a bit more intensity in the drama sprinkled about to keep me hooked. If the story itself as a whole had as much intensity as the orchestra and Cate Blanchett’s facial expressions, it would be a 4-star. The dislike of this film isn’t even due to it being a female lead
Summed up: slow story, great music, strong acting from everyone, needs more intensity to keep me interested or just some kind of side story as behind the scenes of a professional orchestra has a weird world that could be stuffed into a movie to keep the audience interested.
By john's tech
Leaves the viewer in the rear view mirror the WHOLE trip - 😂🤣😂🤣
Great Disappointment in many regards
By Movie Devil
After all the publicity and accolades that this movie received, I was curious. As someone in the classical music field, I was very disappointed about the fictitious character and script. For someone who watches this movie, please be adviced that the position, function and personality of a conductor in the real world is NOT what this movie portrays: e.g. in today's world a conductor or music director does NOT have the power to select an additional work to be recorded for a CD project in a few days, and also would not be able to bring a new soloist to perform on this recording without planning, negotiations, contracts etc. etc.
Cat Blanchett is at her best, no question, but her talent is wasted on a boring, lenghty dialog. There is superficial treatment on the many subplots, so the viewer - if not familiar with the workings of an orchestra, of musicians, of managers etc. - gets confused. I consider this fabricated character an insult to the real artists mentioned briefly in the movie, e.g. Bernstein, Furtwängler, Karajan, who would have something meaningful to say to the students at Juilliard School instead of the self-indulging, pseudo-intellectual speech this Tàr produces.
What is this movie really about: struggle of a female conductor to work in a world of men? Her sexual preference? Her (only hinted, but not shown) abusive power over "underlings"?
The cinematic efforts are rudimentary. The only sudden discovery is the young Russian cellist who auditions and gets to play the Elgar Concerto: she is not an actress pretending to be a musician, but the real thing! Congratulations to her!
Boring boring boring
By Bruno Taut
What a pretentious film, full of stilted monologues and ridiculously implausible characters. Cate Blanchett doesn't "play" Lydia Tár, she portrays her, and barely better than some freshman drama student. Virtually all of the supporting roles were played better and more believably. Aside from an extremely boring script and uninspired execution, Cate Blanchett should not become her own caricature.
The five star reviews are a joke. Someone had to pay them.I feel tricked into watching what I thought was a awful movie. What was the point. Nothing is every spelled out, all just alluded too. And the ending was just shocking. Too sit there for over two hours of enduring a pointless movie. The ending just makes you see how you have been played a fool.
Talk, talk, talk. What an unimaginative script and dishonest cinematography. And I paid to watch it. Cate B is so talented. Why did she make this movie? And why did I waste my time watching it?
Good but not for everyone
I just saw this last night. At a special screening. Cate Blanchett was there too. Plus Todd Field. The Director. I really liked it. It’s slow in the beginning but intensifies as it goes along. I was literally captivated by Cate’s performance. She held me in my seat. I needed to even go to the bathroom at one point but couldn’t. I didn’t want to miss anything. Todd Field is a very nice guy too. Besides being very talented. Cate was too.