Review: Daliland

Sir Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of spanish surrealist visual artist Salvador Dalí, is indeed surreal in Daliland. This Mary Harron’s new biopic is a masterpiece. It is melodramatic, funny, engaging and entertaining. This film is just a snippet of Dali’s life.

Salvador Dalí, one of the most world-renowned artists of the 20th century and focuses on the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between Dalí and his wife, Gala (Barbara Sukowa), as their seemingly unshakable bond begins to stress and fracture. Set in New York and Spain in 1974, the film is told through the eyes of James (Christopher Briney), a young assistant to Dali, keen to make his name in the art world.

From Ghandi to Dali is a stretch of the breath of acting ability for Kingsley who is of Indian and English mixed heritage from period pieces to action drama. He really delivers here as the flamboyant and eccentric Dali. This a timely film for Kingsley as seasoned actor, who has been able to give us a very convincing glimmer into Dali’s very chaotic life.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mary Harron who made acclaimed film’s including I Shot Andy Warhol and American Psycho has given this film that artistic flair befitting a Dali biopic.

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