The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is beautiful, original, eccentric, monstrous at times, and always unexpected. It carries a willing audience into the gloriousness of Rome -- and into the hearts of a bizarre gathering of pretenders, misfits, snobs, and voyeurs. Sometimes mocking, sometimes surprising us with its compassion, the film defies convention. Each frame is a thing of beauty; Rome fills the screen with its living art -- its architecture, its religious core, its outcasts, and, first and foremost, its art. As we travel with him, Jep becomes a thing of beauty as well -- flawed, self-absorbed, and yet radiant, insightful, and humane.
Not a movie for everyone, certainly not for young kids, the irony here is that while Jep never found "The Great Beauty" he was looking for, Paolo Sorrentino has found his with a camera.