Quick-Thoughts: Martin Scorsese’s Age of Innocence (1993)

For every notably aggressive moment of editing/graphics or every cozy shot of rich locations and variegated rooms, there will always be an abrupt strain of fancily phrased narration, much of which is so toilsomely excessive though that it’s effortless for one to get twisted in The Age of Innocence’s expositional abundance. This is a love triangle narrative with a YA-level of maturity, buried in a cinematic ambiance of visual/vocal beauty and elegance that may have most viewers quenched for those reasons alone, but other viewers, like myself, unconvinced by its stamina to push forward period-piece necessities rather than engaging storytelling.

So, yeah, this is essentially just a “rollercoaster movie” for 19th-century historical drama fanatics. Caught yuh red-handed again, Scorsese. 

Verdict: C+

Martin Scorsese Ranked

“Age of Innocence” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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