The film is one of the best character studies that I have ever seen. The characters are extremely well-developed, and flawed, making them ultimately relatable. Even the fame of the character played by Tilda Swinton is humanized by her medical condition. It's really impressive. The most interesting character was the one played by Dakota Johnson. Her motives were the least clear, and her actions the most sporadic. I would love to be able to analyze the character fully, but that would take too long. The plot of the film for the first hour and a half is about the development of the characters. The major conflict barely hinted at in the trailers happens about thirty minutes from the end, and the buildup to it is phenomenal. While having the major conflict so close to the end could cause the film to feel rush, the ending is so ironic that it is nearly comedic.
The film is also extremely well-made. The cinematography is beautiful, whether it captures the complex emotions of the characters or the vast Italian countrysides. The acting is also phenomenal. Ralph Fiennes is obviously very devoted to his role, and is purely enjoyable to watch. Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts are more subtle in their roles, but are equally great. Tilda Swinton, however, gave the most impressive performance in the film, as she almost always does, delivering an insane amount of emotion with so few words.
So overall, I ended up really loving "A Bigger Splash". The movie had extremely well-developed characters and an interesting story following those characters. Fans of adult-oriented dramas will likely enjoy this film.
A Bigger Splash
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.