Empire of Light

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Synopsis

From Academy Award®-winning director and writer Sam Mendes, EMPIRE OF LIGHT is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman) a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

Cast

  • Olivia Colman
  • Micheal Ward
  • Toby Jones
  • Colin Firth

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Metacritic

67
Dec 8, 2022

We may come to Empire of Light like moths to a flame but, ultimately, the film’s glow lacks incandescence.

Metacritic review by Marjorie Baumgarten
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
50
Dec 8, 2022

For all its obvious love of movies and of the shared experience of watching movies, Empire of Light is a decidedly downbeat effort that tries to say too much and ultimately winds up saying very little.

Metacritic review by Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
72
Dec 8, 2022

By the end of Light, Mendes has taken his message a little too literally.

Aurora Amidon
Paste Magazine