What a grandeur ensemble between Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.
A cautionary tale about human desire and what it means to love. The pacing was completely on point; I was engrossed right from the first few moments. The cinematography is beautiful. Miller who shows his versatility in a break from his typical movies. That being said it is noticeably a George Miller movie in style. Recommend this one very much, it does not feel too artsy but at the same time is not your "typical" fantasy movie. This movie is a marvelous artistic depiction of fundamental spiritual concepts that will leave some cold and indifferent while enchanting the initiated in the spiritual paths of the primordial tradition.
Three Thousand Years of Longing
Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Three Thousand Years of Longing
Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic - content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.
September 14, 2022 at 09:27 PM
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A marvelous spiritual adventure.
What a grandeur ensemble between Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.
Be Careful What You Wish For...
What would you do, if a Djinn appeared to you, gave three wishes at your leisure, would you use them for your pleasure, a lad in veritable full throttle, a genie conjured from a bottle, just be clear what you require, to satisfy, your heart's desires (and quench any sweltering fires that may also need dousing).
A tale of loneliness and solitude, of growing old and achievements, of what could have been and what might yet be, told through the furtive imagination of Alithea, with help from a mysterious spirit who she frees from a bottle during a stay in Istanbul.
Imagination doesn't disappear with age, and while this is not the greatest or the deepest film you'll see this year, it may still leave you juggling what three wishes you might make, and especially how to phrase them so they don't backfire.
I Was Swept Away by Parts of This Beautifully Flawed Movie
Large portions of Three Thousand Years of Longing are about the Djinn recounting his life to our main character Alithea. His journey is astounding and his experiences both shaped him and his complicated view of humanity. I'll touch on the other parts of the movie later but the Djinn's 3 tales of pain, longing and regret were fantastic. There are so many wonderful things in them, I wanted to sit down beside Alithea and be regaled alongside her. These segments are also buoyed by the wonderful CGI, costuming and set design. The film looks great and they used their mid-tier budget splendidly when it came to the visuals. Terms such as world-building and being swept away are overused but Three Thousand Years had a comforting warmth that I find is all too rare in movies today. It felt like someone was reading me a wonderful book and my imagination was travelling to far away lands and long ago periods in time. I have to give this movie a big thumbs-up for both the visuals and how it chooses to dole out hunks of the plot.
Alithea points out to the Djinn in Three Thousand Years that any story involving wishing always functions as a cautionary tale. We all want our innermost desires given to us but we are also naive enough to believe that we can gain these things without consequence or sacrifice. While most of us would leap at the chance for our heart's desires (whether it was a wise decision or not), Alithea is more measured and cautious when she is confronted by the Djinn. This was a refreshing stance as Alithea is immediately suspicious of him and she tries to reconcile his stories with what she knows about mythology and folklore as an expert on stories and storytelling. Conversely, the Djinn has an air of mystery but he lays the situation bare at her feet almost immediately. When she tries to poke holes in his offer, he tells her stories to get the point across (stories are integral to a Djinn's being according to the movie.) I quickly bought the Djinn's authenticity but maybe I'm the foretold sucker that Alithea references later. The aforementioned stakes add dimension and weight to their back and forth dialogue and The Djinn has to convince her to utilize him. But for as smart as Alithea is, when she gets around to wishing, it makes her wish all the more disappointing. I don't know how many stories or cautionary tales I've read or watched where people make that wish and it backfires because it isn't "real" whether the wisher can accept it or not. I was so intrigued and invested in The Djinn and while I didn't resent Alithea for her beliefs or her choices, I could form that kind of attachment to her. That definitely hindered the second half of the movie for me.
Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton are names you will see in the cast for many prestigious projects, they just aren't always the top-billed ones. Tilda is our main character Alithea and while I wasn't in love with her character, it wasn't the fault of her performance. She's good as Alithea, her character's attitude is measured both in her empathy and her willingness to suspend disbelief and that comes through in her work. I wanted Alithea to rediscover some joy in her life and despite some narrative shortcomings, Swinton got the job done. Idris Elba was the standout to me though. The script gifts him the more likeable character but his sincerity and his ability to run the whole spectrum of emotion from scene to scene are vital to the success of Three Thousand Years. He also gets so much done through only some of his faculties; his voice work and his non-verbal gestures are top-notch and through his work you understand The Djinn's torment and sadness. The rest of the cast is solid and there wasn't an obvious weak link among the performances.
As much as I would like to continue to heap praise on this movie because when The Djinn is enticing both Alithea and the audience about his experiences throughout time, I would use words to describe these segments like "magical" and "enrapturing." The problem lies after we leave Istanbul and Alithea returns to her normal life, the movie can't recapture the same wonderment or spellbind us into caring about Alithea's more contemporary problems. It's far from a disaster but Three Thousand Years of Longing loses its momentum and eventually peters out when the middle portion of the story was so strong. The movie also teases so many potential endings, I legitimately thought the movie was going to wrap-up at the 2/3 mark and I was stunned later at how much of the film was left. The chosen ending punctuates what the movie is about (Alithea and The Djinn's relationship) but I felt like they could have chosen to finish in an earlier scene and got the point across more thoroughly.
I saw Three Thousand Years of Longing knowing very little about it other than the cast, the director and that the premise centred around a Djinn. I couldn't fall in love with this movie but I was so happy that I took the time to see it. Some bits are more enjoyable than others and the film can't help but buckle under the collective weight of the narrative. But Miller's storytelling ability and directorial efforts here are awesome. Getting 3/4 of the way there is still an accomplishment considering how ambitious this adventure was and both me and my 2 friends walked away from the theatre impressed. Longing grades out somewhere between a 7-8 but I'm rounding up because it was a pleasant surprise. I think the visuals make it worth seeing in a theatre, check it out if you're interested.
Movie isn't what I thought it would be, but it kept me entertained, surprisingly. Movie is story telling about Djinn's past and a little bit of Alithea. Eventually, the story progress between the two and ended up "three thousand years of longing". A good watch before heading off to bed. Great copy, FREEMAN.
If you can only relate to Top Gun or Marvel action films this absolutely isn't for you. If you enjoy story telling, and something which will stimulate your imagination and mind, then you'll probably enjoy the film. It was about 15 min too long for me, but still worth it. Thanks for downloading it!
@LeonGarnet if the behind the scenes is actually on this download. then i have no reason to comment.. BUT if not. THAT IS COMPLETELY 100% your own fault for watching that before the film..
Showing the behind the scenes and putting together of the sets really kills the magic, they should leave that for the DVD and BD's extras. Well if it sucks I can just watch Wishmaster again.
i liked it. I love world mythology and these types of films are really rare these days. great storytelling!
An interesting film that is what it is.
Just saw this today. The haters don't know sh*t. My number 2 film of the year!
a masterpiece. i see too many fast cummers teens here
Is there a reason why the Djini is from Sierra Leone or is this simply racism? Give the job to a black man rather than waste time being credible...
Combinar la enseñanza Islamica de los Djinn, con la Kabbalah Judia, la Historia de la Humanidad, sus logros; asi como el expresar los deseos de los Djinn, su Naturaleza, sus anhelos, sus anhelos, sus frustraciones... Una narrativa Magistral, Impecable, Casi Perfecta. Gracias por permitir que disfrutemos de esta pelicula. Toda una Obra Maestra !!!
nice movie but the greek it's off... i mean in the gibberish that they speak they mix some greek... not enough tho
trailer is super missleading. there are no adventures with tilda and her wishes. only a jini telling stories in a hotelroom. that was a bummer.
Starts off slow and then it punches you in the face with the rarest of human virtue.....Remarkable movie...Thanks
heimdall and ancient 1 dating? i wanna see :)
My review is mixed, but it can be summed up in the following. A love letter to storytelling that I wish could've been much more engaging than it was. It's hard to describe what's so wrong with this film. The best way to describe it is that, it should've been a book or a play and definitely not a film. While Mad Max: Fury Road is adrenaline-fueled and spectacular in size, this film is almost the complete opposite. It works most of the time because of the charming chemistry between Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba and during the flashback scenes which gives George Miller the opportunity to bring his visual storytelling to life. But other than that, I was never emotionally engaged by it. I understand what it's trying to do but there are much more interesting ways to approach this story. And almost the entire third act of the film could've and should've been left in the editing room. Miller is such a terrific visual storyteller and to have him make a film that is this contained and this talky, it really just doesn't work very much. It's one of the longest 100 minutes I have ever sat through. If you appreciate Tilda Swinton and Ibris Elba, you'll appreciate this flick. It was slow-paced in some parts, but the payoffs were always there in my honest opinion. If you're a die-hard fan of Tilda Swinton, then this may not be a movie you were expecting. But if you are a die-hard fan of hers, as I am, then go check out "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio. It's a movie from 2000 which will forever go down in my film history as one of her best roles.
Movie is a little slow just dont watch this after work you might fall sleep. Still worth watching not too much action. The ending seems like a rush to me they could have extended another 45min for a better ending.
Could be better, but still way better than Fury Road.
@aruk003 Nobody cares your opinion, sorry dude
If the hindi movie Ek villain returns 2 is on Netflix and in the cinema than why can't we get it in HD.
Waste of time
A movie for the older people, maybe 60 & above!! I'm 43 & that sheeet was boring af!! Seen it in the movies with my 72yo mother & she said "Interesting" but wasnt a movie she would choose or watch again..
Thank you Freeman finally i received this movie my wife likes it
Three Thousand Years of Longing? More like Nearly Two Hours of Boring.
Thanks Freeman for the uploads, looking forward to more to follow ,
Heimdall is here .... Downloading now