All Antonio Salieri longed for was to be a brilliant musician and represent his faith through music. He devoted his life to the study of classical music. Salieri hoped and prayed that he would the best and even. Salieri became the king’s concert master so he was living the life he wanted. Then came along Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
His music was the voice of God according to Salieri. Salieri deeply envied Mozart’s natural skill and talent. Salieri was upset with God because he gave his talent to this immature, juvenile, infant who devoted his life to a life of debauchery and contempt.Even through all his hate and envy for Mozart, Salieri possessed a secret admiration of Mozart. He did not miss a single one of his plays and tried his best to imitate his style of music. Very soon after, Salieri vowed revenge and planned to murder the “instrument of god”; which is Salieri’s actual plan. Salieri found Mozart’s weakness and of which inspired the foundation of his plan. He dressed as Mozart’s father, knowing that Mozart would do anything to please his recently passed father.
Salieri, dressed as Amadeus’ father, asked him to compose a song for a funeral. Little did Mozart know that he was composing for his very own funeral.The song Mozart was composing is the song that Salieri was going to take credit for to regain fame and popularity. The only objective left to do was to actually murder Mozart. Salieri was not one to murder but the music piece drove Mozart mad and died of anxiety and depression. Salieri felt guilty nonetheless and acclaimed to the murder of God’s chosen instrument of music. I absolutely loved the movie. Although it dragged on some parts, the historical event behind it is phenomenal.
I believe that the audience can really have empathy for Salieri because it happens often in our lives.The way the movie was presented stimulated synchronized feelings with Salieri: Feelings of stress, depression, envy, madness, and disappointment in God. The movie is subtle in the way how it was not centrally focused on Amadeus, but Salieri’s personal grudge with God. Salieri loves Mozart himself but the talent that was supposed to be his was given to Mozart. What I didn’t like about the movie is that, although it definitely expressed Wolfgang’s brilliance through Salieri’s story, it sort of degraded Amadeus’ reputation. Wolfgang’s actor executed this very well.I felt as if he really was a fool and did not deserve the talent he got.
The title of the movie is simple however clever. I initially thought the aim of the movie was to document the life of Wolfgang Amadeus because of the title. The movie does not center around Mozart but on one of his many admirers, Salieri. The Music in this film reached and exceeded my expectations. The transitions were clever. The Music starts to linger in the air as the envy inside Salieri builds, and as it intensifies towards the climax, the scene transitions into one of Mozart’s plays; He is composing one of his very famous pieces.When the music piece finally reaches climax, the camera moves to Salieri hidden in his balcony suite.
He is crying as if God himself is talking to him and the audience applauds; further pushing Salieri’s self esteem down his own throat. The shot composition, lighting, and pacing were all decent. The shot composition, complimented by good music, was cinematically brilliant. It portrayed all the important aspects of the movie. Various lighting gave various effects on mood. The colors were dim and warm when Mozart is composing, giving the setting a cozy yet very full aura.Whenever a person would die, such as Mozart’s father and Mozart himself, the movie used natural lighting and saturated the colors eliciting a more grayish gloomy feeling. I would recommend this film to people who have time to watch it.
Although it is a great movie, it is very long and tedious to watch. I recommend it for long car rides or when you simply have lots of time to kill. I don’t believe it is exactly fit for the teen audience however the overall message could be understood by most mature viewers.