Reviews for The Last Vermeer ( ) 1080p

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Pearce is fantastic

Interesting and intriguing story of post ww2 society in Holland .

Great acting but Pearce and others . Directed and beautifully filmed .

If you like historical dramas I would recommend this movie .

An Odd Gamble

Isn't it likely that the audience for a film about Han van Meegeren will consist, in great part, of people who recognize the name Han van Meegeren? That's why I found it most curious that the film is structured around keeping the best known fact about Han van Meegeren a secret. Whom did they expect to surprise? Only people totally ignorant of Han van Meegeren - that is, the people least likely to go see "The Last Vermeer."

There are some earlier moments that clearly foreshadow the big reveal, so maybe it wasn't supposed to be that big of a surprise. But then, why make it a surprise at all? Why not tell the audience what it already knows from the beginning, and find something else to keep its members in suspense. Because as currently told, there is little suspense at all.

It isn't an easy task to entertain an audience with a story the probable audience already knows, including how it ends. But I don't think this was the best way to do it.

Good story, bad script, overall a waste of source material

I dont think this movie knows what it is trying to do. The premise and the story is very intriguing but they didn't have a good script. Is this movie a political thriller? An art drama? A biography? I would have to say it tries to be too many things at the same time. The pace of the movie is also very slow, too slow, it drags from time to time.If you are interested in history or art I would highly recommend it but for the casual viewer I am afraid this movie might be too dull.

A tribute to movies, the heart of an era.

Very pleasant movie, which gives you a warm feeling at the end, with a taste of bitterness.As cinephiles, we should look for beauty, photography, a good script, and especially to the forest and not only the trees, which are characters well performed, an epoch recreated with its enormous challenges, a people and its history.A very interesting forest that we have seen.Congratulations to all the people who are at the center and also those who are behind. Afterall if the team does not want to provide quality, even great productions may fall.

Work of Art Performance from Guy Pearce

"The Last Vermeer" paints an intelligent, intriguing picture of World War II involving art, Nazis and an unlikely Dutch hero. Dan Friedkin's directorial debut manages to deliver a thriller while offering instruction on the art of Johannes Vermeer. Guy Pearce stars and gives a work of art performance as the flamboyant Han van Meegeren, a Dutch painter, art dealer and enigma who became famous for selling a rare Vermeer to Hitler's second in command, Hermann G?ring. This act led Meegeren to be tried in 1945 as a war criminal. Captain Joseph Piller, played by actor Claes Bang, is the former Dutch Resistance officer who believes Meegeren's innocence, helping and defending him in court. The screenplay, written by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (writers of 2007's "First Snow," also starring Guy Pearce) & John Orloff, is based on an adaptation of Jonathan Lopez's, "The Man Who Made Vermeers."

Pearce is on his game

Greetings again from the darkness. Knowing the film is based on Jonathan Lopez's 2008 book, "The Man Who Made Vermeers" removes some of the mystique from the story; however Dan Friedkin's (stunt pilot on DUNKIRK) directorial debut is an enticing look at a blending of art history and world history. The screenplay was co-written by John Orloff, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby.

It's May 29, 1945, three weeks after the fall of Hitler's Reich, and the Dutch military is on a mission to reclaim valuable art and collectibles confiscated by the Nazis during the war. Some of these were hidden in Austrian salt mines by order of Hermann Goring, actions also depicted in the 2014 film, THE MONUMENTS MEN. After serving in the war, Captain Joseph Piller (Claes Bang, "Dracula" 2020) is tasked with tracking down those who stole the art, and those who sold the art to Germans. It's a task meant to preserve his country's culture. One particular piece, "Christ with the Adulteress" held special significance, as it was billed as 'the last Vermeer', a long lost painting by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("The Girl with the Pearl Earring"), for which Goring had paid a record price.

Investigation on this painting led Piller and his assistant Minna (Vicky Krieps, PHANTOM THREAD 2017) to Han Van Meegeren (played with panache by Guy Pearce and his stylish eyebrows). Piller is also helped by his friend Esper Vesser (Roland Moller, ATOMIC BLONDE 2017) who supplies a bit of muscle and brawn. Van Meegeren has a fancy manner of speech, and Piller determines he's the key to the case, and to unlocking what occurred and how. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice (August Diehl, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS 2009) is after Van Meegeren for conspiracy, and the parties end up in court.

Piller and Van Meegeren existed in real life, and though some dramatic license is taken, much of what we see actually happened. Art experts and politics collided. And it's not surprising that egos ruled the day (not unlike today). The twist may or may not be a shocker to those who know the story, but it's still fascinating that folks would risk their lives in such a manner during the darkest of times. It seems opportunists exist regardless of the era. Mr. Bang and Mr. Pearce are both excellent here, and it's quite fun to watch their verbal wranglings. Director Friedkin adds an Epilogue that will surely bring a smile to most viewers.Opening in theaters November 20, 2020