Movie Review – Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – CRAZY

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of eighteenth century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world’s finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.

This is one hell of a weird film, trippy, twisted and dark.


Gotta say this is a fantastic movie, I came to hear about it from someone who had read the book and after watching it I’ll have to get the book as it seems quite a lot was skipped over or simplified in the movie to cater for the American audience.

One thing that struck me hard though, was they could have handled the accents better, seen as though it was set in 17th century France, the actors had very strong English/American accents through-out.

Apart from the lead, but then he hardly spoke.

The acting generally was great, although I feel Dustin Hoffman was a little mis-placed and someone else could have filled the parfumiers boots better.

Ben Whishaw was fantastic as Grenouille, although not as ugly as some people hoped he was suitably creepy as the psychopathic killer.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

The period setting is maintained very well and the cinematography, direction and attention to detail is superb.

It’s definitely worth watching, especially if you like different movies.

Don’t except a typical slasher or fast paced action movie.

This is movie that takes you into someone’s life, a dark and fucked up life, a life with a completely different outlook than everyone else.

I’d give it a gripping and twisted 8/10.




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9 Responses to Movie Review – Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – CRAZY

  1. Grant S. June 1, 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    I’ll watch this movie for sure – thanks for the recommendation, haven’t noticed in my DVD “shop” yet.
    Pity about the stereotypical naming of the character as Grenouille, which as any fule know is “Frog” in Froglish. And they taste as disgusting in France as they do here ;(

  2. Paul Tan June 1, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    i loved this movie too, damn dark. i love dark stuff. like dark chocolate.

  3. Dabido June 1, 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    Sounds like my sort of movie.

  4. suanie June 1, 2007 at 6:42 pm #

    I heard good things about this movie. Will watch it over the weekend 😀

    Grant: look elsewhere lah 😉 Got already 😛

  5. J the chocoholic June 1, 2007 at 7:12 pm #

    You sicko!

    Yeah – this movie was really interesting.
    Definately very different + worth watching.

  6. Grant S. June 1, 2007 at 10:05 pm #

    @Suanie – still not in my favourite shop, so does that mean you’re inviting me over to watch at your place? 😉

  7. CincauHangus June 2, 2007 at 4:01 am #

    my sisters loved this movie so much that i stared at them for a while. while me, i watched and wonder, hey.. this movie isn’t that bad after all… I give it a 8.5/10.

    i’ll give a 9/10 if not because of the weird ending…

    *he’s our angel!* =.=”

  8. ShaolinTiger June 4, 2007 at 1:09 am #

    Grant S.: Definitely worth a watch, I got it from Digital Mall. Yeah I noticed the name, I expect it was somewhat ironic.

    Paul Tan: Dark ale too, Kilkenny ftw.

    Dabido: Indisputably so!

    suanie: So did you manage to watch it?

    J the chocoholic: That’s me…

    CincauHangus: Yeah I agree, the ending was a bit OTT.

  9. patrick February 28, 2008 at 2:44 am #

    Saw Perfume recently, well done in general, good character building… it says a lot about human nature as well.

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