Restoration (1995) - Biography, Drama, History

Hohum Score

14

Watchable

The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 7 out of 51 found boring (13.72%)

One-line Reviews (25)

Very long, rambling and in the end uninteresting tale about the fortunes of an ambitious doctor who is served up a bizarre life by fate.

And yet the stolid camerawork makes things feel rather slow.

Lush, But Boring .

The movie itself might well have been lopped in two and been something of a romantic situation comedy (a la Shakespeare) in the first and a more intense dramatic historical piece in the second.

It can come across as a slow-moving and episodic costume drama.

The performances of the leading couple were breathtaking.

But, all taken together, this is an enjoyable movie.

(Thewlis) Merivel slowly comes to live with his dull new digs and inpregnates an insane Irish women with an unusual way of walking.

The first half of the film was slow, and seemed to be searching for itself.

Engrossing journey into the renewal of the lost talent .

This movie won't be for everyone (it IS a period piece, after all), but I enjoyed it.

Worst movie I have ever seen.

But from the time Robert entered into the home for the insane, it became engrossing.

This movie is visually stunning--the spectacular sets (the floating wedding scene), the sumptuous costumes.

"Restoration" is an overlooked jewel of a movie, a fascinating and atmospheric journey to another time and place.

Problem is, the movie is too long and poorly paced.

This movie is a awesome experience, it takes place in the most interesting time and place for new and exciting history.

Sometimes as stunning as a museum visit, often turn away ugly, and filled with starts and stops that would be more potent as a limited series, where detail could have been greater.

I use that cliche since this movie is nothing more than a bad Hollywood cliche itself.

The plot is predictable and the script too dishevelled (like the costumes of Mr Downey).

But the movie has a few flaws as well: The timing gets kind of annoying and confusing in the first quarter of the movie as some of the characters are not properly explored, specially the Painter and Lady Celia, leading to some unnecessary over exposure of the main character.

"Restoration" works as a film because of the terrific performance of Robert Downey, Jr. who brilliantly and believably portrays Merivel's rather stunning transformation from boy to man.

This could have been better than it was, but is worth watching, particularly if you like costuming and lavish sets.

'So what if Meg Ryan has a role in this one, I still enjoyed it.

The BAD - After 50-60 minutes, this movie simply gets too boring.