Some of them believe - and this way they have shown it in his comments in the same blog - that the negative criticism of the Spanish movies has an origin foreign to the quality of the movies: that if manias to the actors, that if the subsidies of González Sinde … not further at all of the reality. For my part he wanted to be able to speak well about a Spanish movie and this moment has come finally with Agora.
Amenábar shows us the eternal clash between the reason and the religious fanaticism. The first one is personified in the figure of philosopher Hipatia, historical personage whose cloudy biography allows to the scriptwriter to give free rein to his imagination, what I believe that it results for the sake of the history that is counted.
The fanaticism is represented by a strong Christianity, which has just been "legalized" and which aspires already to turn into the only official religion of the Empire, exiling to the plurality of pagan cults. Although superficially another thing could be thought, Amenábar does not attack to any religion in particular. There are clear allusions to other religions different from the Christian in the characterization of some of the fanatics (and even in the election of the actors who interpret them). That nobody makes a mistake: that the action passes in the IVth century it does not mean that the history is not current, very current. It is sad to look around us and to verify that the fanaticism of the destroyers of the library of Alexandria has lasted up to today.
IVth century. Egypt under the Roman Empire. The violent religious riots in the streets of Alexandria reach to his legendary Library. Caught after his walls, the brilliant astronomer Hipatia (Rachel Weisz) fights to save the knowledge of the Ancient World with the help of his disciples. Between them, two men who dispute his heart: Orestes (Oscar Isaac) and the young slave Davo (Max Minghella), who is debated between the love that he professes secretly and the freedom that might reach joining the unstoppable ascent of the Christians.
The setting, sets, wardrobes and effects, they are impeccable, at level of the big mammoth productions and, as I have read, with less presupposed.
Naturally, to Agora defects can be him: it might have studied in depth more the motivations of the personages and the relations between them: the principal protagonists - the teacher and his disciples - were going a long way much more. The same way it might have extracted more divided to the ideologies that exist after the science and the religion. In these aspects there remains short, perhaps for trying to include too much.
I suppose that the fact of being produced partly by Telecinco, the chain more telebasurera of the moment, will do that critics to salary of other groups mediáticos are fattened by her. I have already read also some article affirming that Agora is an "anti-catholic" movie. I advise them when they should read a destructive criticism - they will be and many - to quarrel where from it comes or who the pay.
I would be content already that the Spanish movies was giving us every year a movie of this level. Or at least, considering the difficulty, any movie in which the protagonist is a Hipatia and not my vecinita Mari Pili, the history that they tell me is not local and banal and the action is not ambientada in the pub of the corner.
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