Reviews A Cure for Wellness
I’ll never understand why some movies end up rated the way they are. This is one of those movies. It’s not groundbreaking. It’s not mind blowing. But it is a great example of what a quality movie is. The acting is good to excellent. The cinematography and visuals are exceptional. The story is a little odd, but so what? Since when does a movie plot have to be within the realm of “Normal”? It is what it is, and this one actually all comes together relatively well.
The pacing, although a long movie, is actually pretty good. You’d think 2-1/2 hours is too long. After watching this movie, I’d have to disagree considering the fact that everything that happened contributes to the story and slowly builds suspense. I can see why some people don’t like that, but it’s unfair to rate a movie poorly simply because you don’t like the style. It’s not a frantic seat-of-your-pants thriller horror movie. Why do people insist on rating movies how they think they ought to be, or how they thought it was going to be, and not simply how it is?
I sit here and can’t help but think I might be completely crazy. I just finished watching “Transformers: The Last Knight” before this movie. That movie was incredibly bad. I mean, literally the only thing going for it was special effects and, a few of dozens of attempts at humor that were actually funny. How on Earth is the aggregate user score only 1 point lower than this movie? That blows my mind. Or how about “Get Out”? I liked that one too, but I cannot fathom how it’s better than this movie in any way! They are both “it’s not what it seems” type thrillers. Is it because of the racial element or something? I’m sorry folks, but “A Cure for Wellness” is a far better movie in every way.
I implore you to watch this one if you enjoy “it’s not what it seems” type movies. I can’t remember enjoying one like this since “shutter Island” with Leonardo DiCaprio. Don’t believe the 1/10 reviews on this. It’s a shame people have to be so shallow and misuse the rating system. If people rate this movie anything less than 6/10, it’s because they have no idea how to judge elements of a film. The only legitimate gripes about this one are the length and the slightly bizarre plot. But those are elements that worked for it IMO.
After using IMDb for years to get my reviews, I just now decided to make an account. Because I can’t stand seeing a very good movie like this rated so low. It’s a 8.5/10 movie and nothing about it is bad at all. You may not like it, but you can at least try to be objective about it and give it a rating it deserves… I mean, come on people. Captain America is 8/10 and this is 6/10!? Give me a breakDirector Gore Verbinski is best known for the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and also Rango, The Ring, and The Mexican, so “quietly understated” is not really his thing, If the Pirates movies are kind of a throwback to old Hollywood swashbucklers, this is a more lurid version of old Gothic suspense thrillers like “Rebecca” or “The Island of Doctor Moreau.”
The main character is Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), who is the exact sort of morally bankrupt young financial hotshot you’ve seen in a bunch of other movies. His bosses are so cartoonishly evil that they may as well be counting wads of cash as they tell him he’s being sent off to Europe to fetch a wayward executive whose signature is needed to allow a merger to go forth so as to allow them to rake in more millions. (Oddly, a similar plot undergirds the otherwise-completely different Will Smith vehicle “Collateral Beauty.”)
Most of the rest of the movie takes place in a Swiss Alps sanitarium where practically everything looks like it’s from some time in the first half of the last century. I half expected John Harvey Kellogg to show up, but instead we get Volmer (Jason Isaacs), the place’s director. As with the patients and the staff, there’s something not quite right about the overly affable man, and the impatient Lockhart has plenty of time to figure it out after an accident delays his trip back to New York.
Exactly what’s going on, and why no one ever seems to leave the place, takes quite a while (almost 2.5 hours) to unspool, but Verbinski successfully distracts the viewer with visually arresting images of hallways, of peacefully exercising old people, of slithery fish, of living and maybe dead bodies in all shapes and sizes (but mostly white and old), and so on. A teen girl (aptly named Mia Goth), the only young person besides Lockhart, may hold some clues. Rather than a lush island, the sanitarium is high on a mountain, but the effect is the same, as if the viewer has been transported to a world apart.
Does this all sound good? Then you’ll probably like this very dark fable. The deep mystery of why the place is so strange is possibly layered with too much complication. I think everything fits together pretty well, but I’m not positive. I am positive that this is definitely going to be a lot different than anything else in the multiplex whenever you might choose to see it.