1995: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Art Direction, costume 1995: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actor Drama (Ian McKellen) 1996: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Director 1996: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Costume and Production Design. 5 Nominations
This film adaptation of a critically acclaimed stage production of Shakespeare's historical drama stars Ian McKellen in the title role. The setting is a comic-book vision of 1930s London: part art deco, part Third Reich, part industrial-age rust and rot. The play's force is turned into a synthetic high by art directors and storyboard sketchers, all of whom have a field day condensing the material into disposable pop imagery. This is a fun film, more than anything, so infatuated with its own monstrous stitchery that even the most awkward casting (Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr.) seems a part of the ridiculous design. McKellen is the best thing about the movie, his mesmerizing portrayal of freakish despotism and poisoned desire a thing to behold.
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