Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman
I’ve been wanting to see this movie ever since I first saw the previews in theaters, and strangely enough it turned out I liked it. Guess I’m pretty awesome for recognizing things I would like or something.
Perfume is about a guy in 18th century France who has super smell powers and decides to use this to make great perfumes. He studies under Dustin Hoffman, who tells him a story about a fabled perfect scent, and he dedicates himself to finding this fragrance. Really the only issue is that he thinks he can get it from killing pretty young girls and extracting their essences. People don’t like that so much.
Perfume is kinda weird, and I can understand that being an impediment to it being more widely recommended. It’s not structured like a horror movie, yet it sets up a perfectly grimy and creepy atmosphere and doesn’t think twice about getting up in your face about the monstrous acts that are going on. The ending is… uh… bad, I guess is the nicest word for it. Also, Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman both seem so completely out of place here. It’s like there’s this one period piece drama with those guys in it, and there’s also this cool, creepy movie, and they just stuck ’em together. Still, despite it’s shortcomings, I recommend Perfume if you’re looking for an interesting and unique thriller.