Movie Review: Three Thousand Years of Longing


Title: Three Thousand Years of Longing

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: August 26th, 2022

My Rating: ★★★★

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba

Watch On: Amazon Video


Summary from IMDB: 

A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

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This movie was far from what I thought it would be, but in a beautiful way.

You would think from the description, this was a new world Aladdin retelling, but surprisingly it was not. Alithea (Swinton), Picks up a strange bottle on her journey through Istanbul. Her need to know the story of the burnt and twisted glass sends her on a journey of its own when a Djinn (Elba), appears in her hotel room. As the Djinn tries to convince Alithea to make her three wishes and set him free, he tells her of, not one, but three imprisonments he's had to endure over three thousand years.

These stories are the heart and soul of this movie and are full of love and betrayal. I found myself drawn to the Djinn and lifetimes he has lived, but also fully aware of the torture of living in the bottle throughout the years, alone and grieving.

The dynamic between the characters was fantastic. Alithea is a lone wolf, smart and independent, but still longing to feel a connection, just unsure how. The Djinn's stories draw her close to him, convincing her to make her first wish.

I cannot explain how much I was drawn into this story and how creative and unique it was. I even looked to see if there was a book this movie was based on, but sadly there wasn't. A great watch.

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