Cinematic escape on a grand scale

armor.jpgThe Promise shows just twice more at the Arbor (this evening at 7:35 and 9:55). This movie is spectacular and panoramic and elemental and fantastic and epic and transcendant and romantic in every meaning of those words. It was worth an afternoon off to catch this. It is made for the big screen. In this enchanted tale for adults (not that there’s anything X-y about it), the hundreds of live people, the other-worldly costumes, the grandeur of the scenery, the elaboration of the sets, and, yes, the quality of the acting make this a movie along Cecile B. deMille lines. Wait; that’s not fair to the acting, which is excellent. This isn’t for those who don’t like subtitles, don’t like fantasy, don’t like choreographed fights in the Asian style. But for those who do and for those who’d like to find out whether they do, this is a movie we’re fortunate to be able to see. I liked the moving screens with crows on them, the feathered cloak, and the two-fan weapon set especially.

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