Movie Review: “Immortal Beloved” – Requires close attention

No one else could have portrayed the great Ludwig Van Beethoven better than Gary
Oldman. ‘Immortal Beloved’ is based on Beethoven’s private and secluded life.

The beginning moments of the film portray Beethoven’s death, followed by a communal ceremony of mourning. Disputes arise and continue throughout the film. Primarily, about who will inherit the late composer’s estate, then back to the past, in regards to his brother’s wife, social acceptance and respect.

His nephews defiance and attempt to commit suicide due to the maestro’s temper and utter frustration of being completely deaf come alive on the screen. Beethoven leaves a will of his entire estate to his Immortal Beloved, Meanwhile an investigation of the Maestro’s private affairs with the Countesses (Isabella Rossellini and Valeria Golino) evolves.

“Music is that which exalts Man’s mind into the Composer’s emotion’s. That is music!” explains a loud and obnoxious Beethoven. A compelling assortment of Beethoven’s finest sonatas and symphonies come through with inspiring attraction. ‘Beloved’ is a wonderful film, although it requires close attention due to its minor incoherence. Oldman and Rossellini gave excellent performances.

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