Friday, April 3, 2015

The Trial

Joseph K. (Anthony Perkins), an significant pencil pusher, is arrested at his flat for an unspecified crime. As he fights the system through layers upon layers of red tape in an exercise of sheer futility, while encountering increasingly bizarre scenarios and characters, his ordeal sharply turns from farcical to tragic. Kafka's vivid and uncompleted novel gets lost in Orson Welles' spectacular visuals and bemused, lackadaisical, and occasionally confounding storytelling. Perkins is impressive in a perfectly cast role.
** 1/2 out of ****