Film cuddler. Occasionally thinky.
Refuses to choose between being an in-depth exploration of the morally bankrupt kidnapping industry in Milan, or an all-out revenge pic. The result is that it can't quite satisfy as either. Still, there's a fat tonne of stuff to enjoy here, that chunky soundtrack being one of them.
There's nothing showy about this doc, but it feels important. Whenever someone so talented teeters on the brink of being forgotten, it's great that something like this exists to bang their drum just that little bit longer.
Ultimately, It's just a really interesting film about a really talented but troubled dude, and a fascinating but underappreciated horror movement that he was a big part of.
A glorious mess, noticeably scarred by some heavy-handed Studio cutting from a reported 3-hour director's cut to the eventual 90-odd minute version released, but it still occasionally promises something more.
That's not to say the film would have been amazing if left as it was, but it might have at least made some sense.
Also, Ian McKellen is pretty staggeringly rotten in this.