A Cure for Wellness at first glance is a promise for a more intense “Shutter Island”. It was supposed to take the general horrors of a old time institution to the next level. The idea that it would be an intense experience with the beauty to back it up.
I can without a doubt say, that A Cure for Wellness is probably one of the best shot movies I have ever scene. Every frame is almost like a beautiful still life photo. It oozes with craftsmanship and makes you feel like you are watching art. The cast is amazing, making all of it seem real and substantial. Everyone puts on a great performance, with standouts going to all the main characters. There is one thing though that really makes this movie what it is.
I can’t let you go further if you are planning to see the movie. The more you know about the movie, the less enjoyable it will be for you. So this is my warning for anyone PLANNING to see the movie, if you are not going or already have, go ahead at your own risk.
The thing that cements this movie with its final placement is the script, or plot. This movie doesn’t pace correctly in terms of audience to character revelations. This happens to a lot of movies, but this one suffers from it a ton. It should be obvious that the audience learns stuff differently to the characters in the film, but A Cure for Wellness tries to make it a one to one experience. That is to say, it tries to only give the audience information that the character knows too. This greatly fails in the last part of the movie while you wait for the main character to catch up to where you know the movie is headed. There is also the problem of there being a couple major plot holes that don’t add to the movie. Some creepy movies benefit from the audience’s imagination, but this is not one of those movies. Since the movie is so narrowly focus, it is easy to guess where the movie is going.
In total, the movie is going to be my go to example for loss potential. It had so much good, but the bad was so substantial that it could not be overlooked. Since the good was so good, it saves the movie from an abysmal score.