Excerpt: Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel's cinematic output has been well regarded from Basquiat to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly . So I was surprised that his latest film Miral received only a very limited theatrical release. While watching the DVD, I thought it incredible that I hadn't heard about this movie before given all the praise that must have been heaped upon it.
Conclusion: While I didn't enjoy Miral to the extent that Julian Schnabel would like, I'm having trouble understanding how cinematically it deserved the scathing reviews it received. The resentment must stem from the subject matter, a hot and politically polarizing issue that the film isn't interested in covering from all angles. The movie fares just fine telling its story from its one viewpoint. It's well-acted and competently composed.
Conclusion: Schnabel doesn't comes close to the quiet power of his last feature, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, delivering a story that can't match the scope or scale of Rula Jebreal’s source material.
Excerpt: Trots att Julian Schnabels Miral är en historia som ur ett mikroperspektiv tar ett svettigt grepp på Israel och Palestina-frågan, en av de mest svårskildrade av konflikter, är inte det politiska ställningstagandet (pro palestinskt) det starkaste med filmen. Det är istället fotografiet.