Amsterdam, 1634; an artist (Dane DeHaan) is hired to paint a portrait of Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz) and his young wife (Alicia Vikander), but falls madly in love with her. The co-writer of Shakespeare in Love (1998) takes on the Dutch Golden Age and its notorious tulip mania without having anything interesting to say about it. Instead focus lies on the unhappy marriage between Vikander and Waltz and a desperate scheme that she hatches. Not as funny or touching, or even charming as Tom Stoppard is aiming for. Well staged by Justin Chadwick, but ultimately empty and contrived.
2017-Britain-U.S. 107 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Screenplay: Tom Stoppard. Novel: Deborah Moggach. Cast: Alicia Vikander (Sophia Sandvoort), Dane DeHaan (Jan Van Loos), Christoph Waltz (Cornelis Sandvoort), Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Judi Dench… Zach Galifianakis, Cara Delevingne.
Trivia: Filmed in 2014. At one point, John Madden was allegedly considered for directing duties, with Keira Knightley and Jude Law in the leads.