Tulip Fever Review by Parul Yadav


Well some movies are here to teach the untaught ,leaving questioning us realistic matters often .The punishment of sins and the daily societal drama are some of the moral messages that I suppose, gained from the same .Before any further ado I would like to brag about Justin Chadwick re-designing the novelist “ Deborah Moggach” same name’s work into a 17th century ordinary royal tale of traditional morale “tulip fever ”.
The basic plot reveals a love story between Sophia Sandvoort (Alicia Vikander), the young wife of the wealthy Dutch merchant Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz), and Jan van Loos (Dane DeHaan), an up and coming painter. Each character here is having a materialistic desire of the wanting and come to completion, resulting in the decline of all the principles they embed.

The characters and the typical dating back to the time of Geoffrey Chaucer’s work, the artistic depiction of the inflated and lurking of the misogynistic renaissance time specific era are somehow holding up the men who are purchasing women to be their wives from the convents.
So here the duke purchases Sophia to be her wife and being a property owner of a large land often thought of Sophia to be his own. The sin and saints are not worked upon well I suppose, the introduction of Sophia to the young painter Jan, sparks a reluctant chemistry at first meeting. She is stubborn and wants nothing to do with him, but he stirs something deep within her that leads to a sexual passion she lacks with Cornelis. Eventually, Jan requires tulips to use as model for his portrait, and this allows Sophia to sexually rendezvous with him leading to further stances of problems that she creates for every person involved with her.

As the movie progressed into despair and the content of lead roles to be with each other more and creating a fanatic fantasy torn between love and passion, the convent nuns grew tulips that was much popular as a medium of betting and gaining money from various collateral items in Amsterdam. Eventually, the bubble bursted, the inflated prices vanished, and many who thought to become rich were ruined when the craze suddenly ended.

Making a fortune to win love, breaking the stereotypical standards of having a voice and betrayal of the unseemingly tale is moral, not tragic, and each character showcased well persuasion of love over the amazingly dating back to the period of characters desires over considerations.

Cornelis’s primary concern is to have children, and he regularly beds Sophia for that reason. Initially he desires to separate from Sophia if she cannot provide him a child, but then he soon begins to consider that he was using her for the sake of her body instead of loving her like a wife.

The false fever is symbolic of the “fever” afflicting each individual: there is a frenzy for action and everyone is in a rush, but it is manufactured. A stock “bubble,” like that causing the actual tulip mania, is often manipulated by those who are trying to get rich. Sophia’s fake fever ends with her “death,” but her metaphorical fever ends when she realizes how selfish she has been throughout the film.
The film does not destroy Sophia, after she fakes her own death with Cornelius, she appears to find peace in a solitary, religious life free of materialism and superficial passion. , this makes her character showcased as woman portrayed as a means of end to the subdued life.

I believe this movie has all aspects of life interestingly placed in bits and pieces with proper understanding of social pressures ,passionate beliefs ,love desired with sex as the means of tempting your inner desires ,nothing is permanent there is always a temporary loss that is healed with time .Sins are a part of life and feature your senses of gaining pleasures out of the societal roles that are expected to be short lived with time .
A 10/10 movie with a strong recommendation to watch it. The film contains mature content and multiple graphic situations that are not standard to traditional moral works, so discretion is advised.


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