Queen of the Desert

Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell in Queen of the Desert
Out of Africa, into ArabiaIFC Films
High 3 Stars (Time Very Well Spent)Why I Saw It: Press screening in prep for the Critics Circle this weekend, and always game for a true story. (Not expecting a Qualifying Role for Kidman, but would love to be surprised).
What I Thought: I’m not sure Herzog was the director for this one; it ends up feeling unexpectedly one-note (leaving the score to do some ridiculously heavy lifting). Additionally, like The Ottoman Lieutenant a few weeks ago, we’re just not getting the sense of grandeur of The English Patient, Out of Africa, or Lawrence of Arabia. All this said, it’s still mandatory viewing for the remarkable accomplishment of its even more remarkable subject (a contemporary, in fact, of Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen and T.E. Lawrence himself, here played by Robert Pattinson).

Queen of the Desert. Dir. Werner Herzog. Perf. Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Jay Abdo, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson. IFC Films, 2017.

Biopic of British explorer Gertude Bell, whose journey through the Arabian desert circa WWI resulted in what we now recognize as the national layout of the Middle East.  

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