Interlude in Prague – Review

Not much can ultimately be said in regards to the wind-up and wind-down of my viewing of this film; Interlude in Prague is the kind of film that has the capacity to surprise with its top tier cast and production design. The entire concept feels more suited to being a TV Movie than a standard theatrical release; but alas, here we are, and as a theatrical film, it’s not bad.

Interlude in Prague follows the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s in Prague as a series of violent events cause him to create his operatic piece`Don Giovanni’.

There has been a recent influx of films that have taken true life events and made them into more basic genre films – recently I reviewed the film Mary Shelley (2018), a film that follows the story of the author of the book Frankenstein – it focuses less on the life of the historical figure and more on a single event that took place in their life (namely a romantic event). Interlude in Prague follows a similar path, aiming toward being more a romance with tragedy and crime involved.

We are provided with some convincing performances from lead actor Aneurin Barnard who plays Mozart, the eccentric composer that is so widely known, he brings some emotion to stage while acting like the goofy man that Mozart was known to be. Supporting actress Morfydd Clark (a love interest of Mozart) provides a soft, innocent, and delicate nature, this provided some levity to the film but never really adds to the story, an aspect that ultimately let the film down. James Purefoy plays the antagonist and his role really didn’t work that well in a menacing way, he was more of an inflated pervert than an intimidating and controlling presence, never feeling powerful or necessarily scary, he was erratic – but not in a way that convinced me the performance was good.

Interlude in Prague looks beautiful, but lacks the build and substance required to make it exciting, I found the performances predominantly well cast but there are multiple elements that simply aren’t working in unison from director John Stephenson; it’s a composition that struggles to impress.

Interlude in Prague offers all the stylish glamour that one would expect from a film based around the complicated life of Mozart; providing breathtaking sets, costuming, and locations. Unfortunately the story itself is lost in the echoes of the music, never quite building to a crescendo that is satisfying like Mozart’s music itself. Interlude in Prague is simple in plot, basic in its antagonist, and ultimately struggles to offer up a meaningful message in the end, despite being quite a dark film.

5.9/10

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