Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis, 2018) wr. Helen Edmunson, Philippa Goslett, dp Greig Fraser; Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix; biopic

Synopsis: Set in Palestine in the first century, Mary Magdalene is the story of a young woman who leaves her small fishing village and family to join a new movement. Inspired by its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, and his teachings, Mary sets out with the disciples on the journey to Jerusalem, where she finds herself at the centre of the founding story of Christianity.

For Davis, following the Oscar-gilded success of his debut feature Lion, Mary Magdalene must be regarded as an ambitious sophomore slump, even as it refines and consolidates his tawny, lyrical style. That style, once again abetted by the airy calico wizardry of cinematographer Greig Fraser, is increasingly the most enlivening element of Mary Magdalene as it settles into a subdued, repetitive rhythm of timid spiritual inquiry and affirmation, the film’s tasteful restraint often tipping over into outright inertia. Guy Lodge, Variety.

Garry Gillard | New: 16 August, 2018 | Now: 17 August, 2018