Tulip Fever (M18)
Starring Dane DeHaan, Alicia Vikander
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Set during the tulip mania in 17th century Netherlands, this period drama stars Dane DeHaan as a poor painter planning to elope with his married muse (Alicia Vikander). But first, he hopes to make a killing by investing in tulip futures.
The movie — based on Deborah Moggach’s 1999 best-selling novel — was filmed in 2014, but only now does it finally see the light, after countless reported re-edits.
Sadly, Tulip Fever is no longer Oscar bait, but a wannabe prestige film — inert, patchy and forgettable — that’s more like a truncated version of a 10-hour Netflix show.
Clearly, the fever has subsided. (**)