Wonderful cast! Tulip Fever is a surprisingly great period film that leaves the viewer wondering how the story is going to end. I recommend this film as a nice date film. Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz gave solid performances throughout the film.
It arrives not as a lusty tale in full bloom but as a tastefully arranged still life, in search of an animating spark.
A ripe, bittersweet romantic tragedy lies at the heart of Tulip Fever, but director Justin Chadwick’s aggressive tastefulness smothers the life from this potentially lusty melodrama.
Does Tulip Fever feel like a precious bulb poorly nurtured? Primarily it comes across as something laboriously over-handled, and any flower so treated is bound to lose its luster. After waiting so long, the strongest fragrance on display is one of sweat and mediocrity.