Monday, April 13, 2009
Opera (1987, Dario Argento)
Back to Argento. I had heard some mixed reviews of Opera so I was curious to see how it compared with his earlier films that I had recently watched. Before I start though, I do have a big complaint about the Blue Underground dvd. Somewhere on the dvd's artwork (I won't say where to avoid spoiling it for others), the killer's identity is revealed. I couldn't believe it. I love Blue Underground too and I was very disappointed. So if you plan on watching this, don't look to hard at the dvd's artwork, just pop the disc in and enjoy.
Opera follows a young opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach), who gets the job of a lifetime as the lead in Macbeth after her mentor is hit by a car and can't perform. She soon finds out though that someone at the Opera wants to terrorize her. They tie her up in a way that she has to watch as they proceed to kill her boyfriend. Soon, the killer starts going after anyone close to her. Betty must find out who this killer is and what their motives are to put an end to the killings.
Opera is a fantastic film in every way. The story is well thought out, the acting is well done and the killings are some of the best I've seen in an Argento film. There are several tense scenes and enough blood to fill a swimming pool with, assuming you wanted to do that. The film is like a roller coaster ride you can't help but get sucked into it's beautiful production design and atmosphere. Just wish the damn dvd artwork didn't ruin the ending!