Forget 3,000 Years, This 108-Minute Movie Will Make You Yearn For Freedom Too
With an intriguing title, an eye-catching trailer, and a well-known cast, surely a movie like “3000 Years of Longing” would be an interesting and fantastic movie, especially if you include the fact that the premise of the story involves djinns or genies. It is creative and unique.
I saw this movie with my roommate and suitemate on National Movie Day. Initially, we intended to see “Bodies Bodies Bodies”; however, there were no seats together, so we decided to go with a movie that none of us had ever heard of: “3000 Years of Longing”.
There are some problems with not knowing anything about the movie. First of all, this film was released in theaters across the country (a wide release), and yet there was minimal publicity for the film itself. This lack of publicity is detrimental to the performance of the film as there will be less engagement of the film and the film’s reception could come from limited and niche prospects.
Another problem is that as a consumer of various social media platforms, I saw absolutely nothing about this movie on popular accounts or even trending pages. This film has suffered from poor marketing and has also been one of the biggest box office hits of the yearwith a budget of 60 million dollars and a box office collection of 9.3 million dollars.
The film features Alithea Binnie, played by Tilda Swinton, a British academic who studies the folklore and mystical stories of different cultures. She is a woman who lives alone and is content with that part of herself.
Later in the film, he meets a djinn, played by Idris Elba, who grants him three wishes of his heart’s desires and desperately begs him to make a wish for him to return to the djinn realm.
The exciting element of the film, the stories of the djinn, are no longer seen, and instead the film focuses on the mediocre and nondescript life they share.
To gain her trust, he tells her three stories from his past. These stories contain romance and betrayal, as well as the dangers of desire and the cost of greed. She tries to make wishes simple and easy, but the djinn informs her that her wishes must come from her heart’s desire. The djinn’s journey into the past is the most interesting and fascinating element of this film and makes the plot charming as it is mostly based on intricate storytelling.
Alithea makes her first wish and brings the djinn back to London to live with her. However, due to the djinn’s different physiology, he is in conflict with the wavelengths of modern technology and eventually begins to die, until Alithea makes her last two wishes and frees him. The film ends by showing the two meeting periodically when he returns from the djinn realm to visit her.
A key takeaway from this film is that the detailed, layered plot suddenly seeps into a joint story of Alithea and the djinn in London.
The relationship between the djinn and Alithea causes the film to go off the rails. Up to this point, the storytelling of the plot is intricate and detailed. He then stops dead in his tracks when the djinn stops telling stories.
When Alithea makes her first wish, her independence, strength, and power are taken from her, as well as from him, ruining whatever romantic potential they might have had naturally.
After her first wish, in which she begs the djinn to love her as he loved the women of his past, the plot slows tremendously to the point where it becomes boring. The exciting element of the film, the stories of the djinn, are no longer seen, and instead the film focuses on the mediocre and nondescript life they share.
Her desire contradicts what the film previously established about her character and also furthers the notion that lonely people can never be content with their loneliness and must conform to a heteronormative ideology of finding romance with a long-term partner.
Another unfulfilled subplot involves the djinn and how he has been persecuted by past and mystical beings. After Alithea makes her wish on him, the past suddenly stops haunting him. She still vaguely references his past, but the appearances she described in his stories are not addressed or seen again in the film.
Her desire also binds him to her, which is contradictory to her main motivation to be free. She traps him into being with her and her relationship features a strange power imbalance where he is in her debt until she asks for her three wishes from her and then he can be free of her. Also, the djinn and Alithea as a couple are not compatible.
When the djinn tells you his three stories from the past, the romantic stories are exciting, nuanced, and complex. The women he pursued were strong and independent, so he fell in love with his independence, strength and power. When Alithea makes her first wish, they take away her independence, strength, and power from her, as well as from him, which ruins the romantic potential they might have had naturally and also makes the romantic element boring and unnecessary. .
The worst thing about this average movie is that it had the potential to be a great movie, but the forced romance between the two main characters as well as the rushed plot make it go from a single story to a one-dimensional, stagnant, and boring one. graphic.
The first half of the film involving the stories of the djinn is clearly crafted and carefully written, but the second half, with its sloppy romance, shallow story, and pushback from contradictory characters, brings the film into disrepute.
If you want to witness a potentially great movie turn into a disappointing flop, I would recommend you go see it in theaters or on demand and watch it with friends to share your confusion and frustration together.