Memoirs of a Geisha - Beautiful but Vacant

Duration: 130min
Category: drama
Available: On DVD
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In Memoirs of a Geisha, we learn that a Geisha is to be beautiful without emotion. Too bad that description also fits the film adaptation of the best selling novel.

Memoirs of a Geisha, for all itís beauty and spectacle, never made me feel anything. While I wouldnít say I was bored Ė there was more than enough eye candy to look at Ė I really wasnít invested in the story.

The trio of actresses Li Gong, Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang are all magnificent bringing much to their thinly drawn and fairly stock characters. It is often said there arenít enough good roles for women in films and Memoirs of a Geisha provides quite a few. However their performances arenít enough. Their characters just arenít engrossing enough.

I havenít read the novel this is based on so I canít tell if this is the fault of the film makers or the writer. However Memoirs of a Geisha is just too bland, predictable and run-of-the-mill to be very interesting at all. Rob Marshall has done all he can to add mystery and beauty to the piece but in the end this is just another Oscar grab flick. Youíve seen it all before.

This is strictly for those who want to know how a film is going to end before they walk in to the cinema.

Review By: Collin Smith

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