Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [2006] Movie Review Recommendation

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [2006]

At first glance this movie looks like a classic chick flick. Murderer who kills his victims with perfume? Is that it, I don’t want to watch that shit! Truth is that this one hell of a movie. First of all, it is very original, featuring very well written script and beautiful cinematography that will take you into the past. It has that sensual look, that type of story and characters that draws you in, and locks your attention to the screen. It is based on Patrick Süskind’s 1985 novel Perfume and I have to admit that this is one of best adaptations that I have seen in the past few years. Fucking Germans, they know their shit. Granted, with budget of over $60 million, this is no indie flick trying to break through.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [2006] Movie Review Recommendation PosterStory revolves around Jean-Baptiste Grenouille who has an extraordinary sense of smell, and he will use this to create beautiful perfumes. Born in one of the ugliest and smelliest places on Earth, he will slowly work his way up the social ladder, first working in a tannery as an assistant, delivering packages and doing other menial work. However, one of those packages will be delivered to a certain Perfume shop, where his talents will not go unnoticed…

There are so many cool and previously unexplored elements here that you will feel overwhelmed at some point. For fucks sake there are so many movies dealing with same subjects over and over again, without an inkling of a desire to change or embellish even the smallest elements of the story. Perfume also features one hell of a cast, with young Ben Whishaw taking the lead. He will do great things, I’ll tell you that. Dustin and Alan were great as always and the rest of the cast was so good that I cannot single out anyone. Lot of great scenes, sexual and provocative, but never crossing the line of cheap pornography added another dimension to this already phenomenal movie. If you are tired of Hollywood pumped movies, with classic stories and twists this movie is for you, enjoy.

Director: Tom Tykwer

Cast: Ben Whishaw,Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman,  Francesc Albiol, Richard Felix

Fun Facts: Ridley Scott was attached to the project years before production finally began. Tim Burton was also considered as director.


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