Waiting for the Barbarians movie review: A moronic boring story.

Waiting for The Barbarians (2019) movie review.

Waiting for The Barbarians (2019) movie review
Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) by Ciro Guerra.
Cast: Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp,

Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan,

Greta Scacchi, David Dencik, Sam Reid,

Harry Melling, Bill Milner.

Director: Ciro Guerra.

Language: English.

Cinematography: Chris Menges.

Music director: Giampiero Ambrosi.

Release date: 7 August 2020.

Running time: 1hr 53mins.

Genre: Drama.

What’s there in this film?.

Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) is an adaption from the novel of the same name by J.M. Coetzee.

Director Ciro Guerra brought that novel into life by the promising casts like Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson.

The story is more about imperialism and how it affects the normal life of the innocent lives.

The nicest of this film is Cinematography, Chris Menges did a great job, he nicely reflected that colonialism times by his stunning visuals.

Mark Rylance, we know he is an excellent actor, in this film he played a Magistrate role and done a satisfactory performance to obtain compassion about the character.

Johnny Depp, the truth is I watched this film only by seeing the Johnny Depp in the poster, I thought he is a hero but that is not, he played a negative role as Colonel Joll, a silent decent negative role but goes overboard in the ending.

Robert Pattinson as officer Mandel, that is also a negative role, he comes in the second half, a limited play, but done justice to that.

Music by Giampiero Ambrosi flavoured the scenes whenever it comes off.

What’s not there in this film?.

Firstly, it’s a slow-moving one, the audience needs patience, but you will definitely lose that by seeing the first 30mins of this story.

The whole story moves without any reason, they filter this story to some different time periods, I thought it should get crispy and interesting after each time period, but it not much worked out, the screenplay again went more lazy, the truth is you can sit and watch this whole film.

They just wasted good cinematography by their sluggish storytelling, it should be better to engage.

Star performance:

It fits Mark Rylance.

Because of his solo performance as Magistrate.


The story is, it happens in that colonialism times, there is conflict between Barbarians, a tribes and the British empires.

The British empire wanted to strengthen the border,so they appointed a Colonel Joll, to investigate,but he is a aggressive and a rude person,he believed pain is the truth like by torturing the tribe people,he can end the chaos between empire and Barbarians,the truth Barbarians are good and silent people.

So our hero Magistrate tried to patch up the Barbarians and British empire but that Colonel Joll and his Officer Mandel begin to question his loyalty and also tortured him like that Barbarian people.

The climax is whether that hero patches the Barbarians and empire or not.


Lazy storytelling but one time watchable, if you have patience.

Waiting for the Barbarians rating:

3/5 – Still have been nicer (by Movie Laundry)

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