Museums are great, aren't they? I mean who doesn't enjoy taking a stroll around these quiet places all the whole soaking in their exhibits and artistry. As for me, I struggle the same way I agonise over books - I have a very short attention span. Actually, I am attentive but it's on many different things that I can't spare more than a few moments on each thing. Like a hungry Pac-man, I zoom through museums whilst trying to absorb as much information as possible. Cinema is easier for me as I am forced to sit down and concentrate on what's being thrown at me. But a film about a museum? More so than this, a film about a Great Museum?
Could that be any good?
What works in this film is the elegant beauty of the art. The imagery is haunting, lingering on different exhibitions such as Wim Wender’s, Cathedrals of Culture and more. Focusing on experts, it is clear their passion for the museum and its gorgeous collection of art is bubbling throughout the film. In this sense, the film ensares you with it’s captivating splendour of different exhibitions. From the classical to the modern, Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum is really enhanced with this wonderful film!
The Great Museum, however, is a wonderful excavation of art and Vienna’s rich tapestry. For exhibit moguls. And that, in itself is really intriguing. If you have an attention span larger than a gnat on coffee and you enjoyed exploring history of phenomenal works and exhibitions. Art experts will be entirely enthralled and engaged whilst you can appreciate the lavish beauty that the film provides. However, when you look from the outside in, it feels as though it relies heavily on expecting the audience to have this urgency to study art which polarises viewers. Engaging for some, boring for others, The Great Museum is a very subjective documentary that this critic unfortunately switched off throughout.