Agora is a grand epic about the end of the Roman Empire as Christianity started to gain momentum and profoundly alter society forever.
It’s a visual stunner from Oscar-winning director Alejandro Amenabar, but unfortunately, the tedious storytelling and heavy-handed allegory turn the film into an epic bore (even at a 126 minutes, it feels too long).
With the sound off, the movie would be gorgeous, but the vision is ruined every time the characters open their mouths.
Only Rachel Weisz’s typically strong and passionate work as the philosopher Hypatia emerges unscathed.
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TIFF Film review: Agora