Reviews for Three Thousand Years of Longing ( ) 1080p

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

A marvelous spiritual adventure.

What a grandeur ensemble between Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.

A cautionary tale about human desire and what it means to love. The pacing was completely on point; I was engrossed right from the first few moments. The cinematography is beautiful. Miller who shows his versatility in a break from his typical movies. That being said it is noticeably a George Miller movie in style. Recommend this one very much, it does not feel too artsy but at the same time is not your "typical" fantasy movie. This movie is a marvelous artistic depiction of fundamental spiritual concepts that will leave some cold and indifferent while enchanting the initiated in the spiritual paths of the primordial tradition.

A pleasant escape

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

After watching a good film in the cinema, I often sit through the end credits to reflect on what I have watched. I don't often do it at home, but this time I simply couldn't resist because of the majestic soundtrack and the subsequent song that was playing. Three Thousand Years of Longing has been on my watchlist since it's announcement because I love films about philosophical concepts such as human wishes. Having Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba as two leading actors, with George Miller behind the camera, further added to my anticipation.

This mature fairy tale is about an academic named Alithea who goes for a lecture to Istanbul and while exploring the local market, she purchases a beautiful bottle. The bottle ends up containing an ancient Djinn who has been around since the times of King Solomon. At first, Alithea claims that she is content with her life and refuses to make any wishes but as the Djinn tells her the stories of his previous masters, she begins to reconsider her earlier stance.

As I watched, I became suspicious if Alithea might actually have some mental issues which added further depth to the story, but in no way did it depeive the film of it's magical nature. Like a fairy tale the movie beams with mesmerizing visuals and I am not saying this lightly as the production value is second to none with a skilled use of colors, special effects and decorations.

In addition to looking and sounding beautiful, the balanced pacing and smooth editing allow the film's narrative to flow like a river. When it comes to the acting, Tilda and Idris demonstrate their maturity as actors who know what they are doing by swiftly establishing chemistry thanks to the simple yet meaningful dialogue that is equally enchanting and thought provoking. Like a good fairy tale, the film is brief, immersive and leaves a pleasant aftertaste that will make you wonder about the kind of wishes that you would have made.

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING is the story of a lonely scholar, Alithea (Tilda Swinton), who finds a Djinn (Idris Elba) while on vacation in Istanbul. The Djinn needs her to make three wishes so that he can be free.

The movie is visually stunning and the philosophical and psychological concepts about loneliness, desire, and what we wish for are interesting but superficially explored. The pacing is slow, and the plot is not particularly original or exciting. The individual stories about the Djinn's past are unexciting and the constant narration made me feel like I was listening to a story being read to me rather than watching a film. And Swinton and Elba don't have much chemistry which makes for an unengaging story.

Overall, I was disappointed with THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING. It's not a bad film, but it's not a great one either. If you're looking for some lightweight entertainment you might enjoy it. But if you're looking for an exciting and original story, you'll be disappointed.

Be Careful What You Wish For...

What would you do, if a Djinn appeared to you, gave three wishes at your leisure, would you use them for your pleasure, a lad in veritable full throttle, a genie conjured from a bottle, just be clear what you require, to satisfy, your heart's desires (and quench any sweltering fires that may also need dousing).

A tale of loneliness and solitude, of growing old and achievements, of what could have been and what might yet be, told through the furtive imagination of Alithea, with help from a mysterious spirit who she frees from a bottle during a stay in Istanbul.

Imagination doesn't disappear with age, and while this is not the greatest or the deepest film you'll see this year, it may still leave you juggling what three wishes you might make, and especially how to phrase them so they don't backfire.

Don't waste your time and money

Don't waste your time and money on this crap of a so called movie. I love Idris Elba, but damn this movie sucked. So I saw this at a theater that I worked at and my coworkers saw me walking out and they said it must be bad if your leaving. It has been one of the worst movies I have seen this year by far.

I don't know what they were thinking making a movie like this. I love British humor, but this was not even funny it just sucked.

The best part of the movie is when I left the theater. I am so sad that I hated this because I really wanted to like it. Idris please choose better roles for now on.

A good "TV movie"

It's okay, it's not great, I'll never deliberately see it again, but I don't regret seeing it. Would say it's worth watching when it comes out on streaming platforms.

My biggest difficulties with this, strangely for me, came from Tilda Swinton's character. Something about the accent chosen for the character, and how she came across, which made me feel a little bit like I was watching a dream sequence for a character in Coronation Street, or something like that.

I did like all the back story elements here, with respects the Djinn, and particular elements of his history, some parts of which were very good, but then we kept going back to face to face time with Tilda, at which point I was back in Coronation Street again. I really struggled to get a particular character (from the 80s/90s), from that particular soap, out of my head whenever I looked at Tilda in love with a strangely exotic man shaped genie.

Makes this review seem a bit silly to me too, but when I get something like that in my head I really do struggle to just let go. Fortunately I was able to during the Djinn's history segments though, all of which I liked.

I WISHED this movie was better.....

I was very excited to see this film. The story was very interesting, but for me, the contemporary story of Alithea and the Djinn was rather dull. Most of the contemporary story was of Alithea and Djinn in bathrobes sitting in a hotel room. If the contemporary story would have been as interesting and compelling as the past stories of the Djinn, I would have liked it more. And perhaps if there had been more dialogue between the characters in the past stories of the Djinn it would have been better? The stories from the past felt rushed. And the film itself felt rushed and a bit disjointed. And why was it that it was always women that found the bottle and were granted three wishes? The special effects were good. The acting was good. Cinematography was great. Costuming etc, all good. Again, had the contemporary story been more interesting,especially, for me, it would have been a much better.

A mixed bag

Three Thousand Years of Longing is a bit of an odd beast.

It has some very engaging elements and stories, some more cliche and tired feeling sections, and a lacklustre final act which ends the film on a slightly underwhelming note.

I will say that the trailer for the film doesn't really betray the story of this film at all, so you'll probably leave this film somewhat surprised about the type of film you just watched. Whether this is for the better or worse depends what kind of film you are after, as the result is much more meditative and contemplative than you may expect.

That's all well and good, but it didn't really delve into these elements in enough depth to make for a totally engaging film.

Still, the visuals are often striking, and the performance from Tilda Swinton is very watchable. Not a particularly outstanding film, but plenty of interesting enough elements to make it worth a watch.


Tilda and Idris or two of my favorite actors, so I was really disappointed to sit through this movie.

They both have some poor quality films in their lineups, but they usually do good work. The talents of both are truly wasted here.

This movie could not hold my attention, and left me wondering why it was actually made.

The story is slightly interesting and may have worked as a 20 minute short, but it is not material for a full-length feature film.

If you want to take the gamble and still watch it, at least wait for it to come out on a streaming service or on disc.

Make sure you've had plenty of sleep, and caffeine before sitting down to this.

A gorgeous and enchanting movie which could have had a better final act

George Miller's latest historical fantasy Three Thousand Years of Longing is nothing short of a pleasant theatre going experience. From its visual language to its scope and narration, this movie is charming from the get go. Adapted from a collection of short stories titled "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye", it tells the story of a narratologist scholar who accidentally frees a djinn that offers to grant three wishes of her heart's true desire. When the scholar initially refuses, being all too familiar with stories of wishes and how they all serve as none but cautionary tales, the djinn then narrates to her the story of his three thousand year long life and how his freedom now rests in the hands of this unwilling scholar.

Each story is its own vignette and each story collectively contributes to the unfolding of history on screen in grand fashion. It's truly amazing and therapeutically charming to witness these stories play out; feeling for the players, understanding their predicaments and relating to their miseries... Three Thousand Years of Longing is in every way as enchanting as the stories it tells. But it's not without its flaws, as the movie eventually plays into what I can only describe as a somewhat weak and forced final act; that to an extent undermines the ambition of its build up. And that final act does ruin what could have otherwise been a collectively satisfying experience.

Whatever flaws it may have, it's not enough to overshadow the sheer scale and ambition of this movie. It was in every way a pleasant experience and a story that is in many ways charming and wonderful.

Unique love letter to storytelling

Three Thousand Years of Longing is a very unique film that celebrates storytelling and it's deeper meaning whilst also being a thoughtful and satisfyingly slow romantic drama about lonely people connecting that's only let down by a messy third act.

Idris Elba is absolutely magnetic as the Djinn, bringing all of his charm to enthrall you in the stories he tells but also showing a visible pain and sadness. Tilda Swinton is incredible with a magnificent accent with her own sorrow and sadness that combined with Elba makes for an excellent pairing.

George Miller's direction is amazing, the film is heavily stylised and one of the most beautiful and visually saturated films of recent memory. The CG and special effects are really impressive overall with only a few weak spots. The music by Tom Holkenborg is really good, really emotional and fantastical stuff.

Three Thousand Years of Longing for it to be Over

More of a trinket than a movie. All surface level awe and shiny veneer, but ultimately forgettable and without function. Stories told through isolated series of flashbacks almost always leave me behind. Everything feels detached from everything else, and so the action and drama doesn't compel. The persistent narration becomes innocuous and the separate plots, because they're so abbreviated, aren't given time to fully articulate their aesthetics. The film doesn't slow down enough to appreciate any of its infinite, fleeting moments; and so Three Thousand Years of Longing is as tedious as its title suggests.

Visionary peaceful journey through many stories by brilliant director George Miller

I think its awesome how the ratings jumped up from a 5.9 to a 6.9 that's wonderful! Mainly about Tilda Swinton's character buying an antique to find out a Djinn is part of it, has wishes and numerous stories to tell that are fascinating, beautiful, bizarre, and intriguing. Idris Elba is brilliant in anything especially in The Wire that's irrelevant but easily his best role. I barely knew anything of this movie before seeing except that I love George Miller films he has made a lot of masterpieces 3000 thousand years of longing is defiantly excellent for it's uniqueness; I wouldn't say masterful but damn good and would highly recommend!

Bipolar Genie

I did not have a lot of big expectations for this film. It started off promising and sank into mediocrity. First off, Elba and Swinton have zero chemistry. Second, if the Djinn is an all-knowing, all-seeing super being than why did he make so many errors in judgment? Third, whose bright idea was it to make the Djinn such a Debbie Downer? All through the movie Elba is moaning and complaining about his lot in life. There was so much potential to make this a fun and memorable frustrating. The cinematography was decent and the acting was passable. Save your money and wait for streaming on a rainy day with a glass of wine!

A unique & trippy film.

Three Thousand Years of Longing tells the story of Alithea(Tilda Swinton). Alithea is a forlorn scholar who travels to Istanbul, for a presentation. Here she meets The Djinn(Idris Elba), who grants her three wishes & gaining his freedom in return.

Three Thousand Years of Longing is an awesome movie. Director George Miller keeps expanding his multiple genre-spanning filmography. The visual effects are fantastic. The set pieces are one of a kind. Don't expect an action-packed film, like the Mad Max franchise. You should expect a movie filled with lots of dialogue & existential questions. Tilda Swinton is spectacular as Alithea. Idris Elba is outstanding as The Djinn. Swinton & Elba have effortless chemistry together. The supporting cast is brilliant. Three Thousand Years of Longing is a must watch, especially on the big screen. Please give smaller budget films a chance on the big screen & not just head to the theatre to watch the next MCU flick. The survival of our movie theatres depends on it!

Not Quite What I Wished For.

If you, like I was, are expecting a fast-paced, light-spirited, fun romp of visual extravaganza and witty dialogue along the journey that is Three Thousand Years of Longing ... you WILL be disappointed. Now, that is not meant to dissuade you from watching or enjoying it. On the contrary. It is simply meant to temper your expectations.

There is certainly much beauty in many of this film's scenes; from curious beauty in the mundane, to fabulous beauty in the fantastical. (There is also a musical scene that will spirit you away to decadent places). Sadly however, for some unknown reason, this film chooses to stay more in the realm of the mundane than the wondrous. The wasted shame in this is almost palpable.

The film also feels somewhat choppy or disconnected at times. This is especially true quite early, when it begins to touch upon and wander into the mythical almost immediately, but with no real explanation as to why or how those particular scenes tie in with the rest of the film.

Lastly, and most grievously, while all the right words existed for this story to be told ... it seemed to lack a bit of passion or fervor from the storytellers.

All this is NOT to imply that Three Thousand Years of Longing is without its merits.

For one, Swinton and Elba together (although IMO neither delivering their best performances), is still a treat. They are beautiful separately, and together, they are art. Neither however, could elevate the tone of the film because, intentionally or not, the MAIN TONE of several parts of the film, is more cacophony than cadence. It is, my friends, far darker and sadder in parts, than what may be expected.

Think of it as a bedtime story for adults where the story is entertaining enough, and the pictures are beautiful, but the Happily Ever After may be a tad bittersweet and hard to swallow.

Not the movie the trailer would lead you to believe it is

Tilda Swinton is an academic who studies stories. She lives a fairly isolated existence ... by choice ... valuing her independence over close relationships. While at a conference in Istanbul, she buys a glass bottle as a souvenir and when she accidentally opens it in her hotel room, djinn Idris Elba emerges. Naturally, he tells her she has three wishes, but as she's an expert on stories, she's wary since all the stories she knows about wishing are cautionary tales. Since he needs her to make wishes to be free, Elba tells her stories about his past to explain how he ended up in the bottle and to build trust.

The advertising for this film is deceptive. The trailer and this poster try to convince you that you're getting some kind of magical George Miller action extravaganza along the lines of Mad max meets "Everything Everywhere All at Once". This is nothing like that film. It's a pretty stately paced film that mostly involves Swinton and Elba talking in a hotel room, with Elba's stories providing the magnificent visuals. But even these stories are pretty deliberately paced. It's a film about ideas, not action.

I really liked the ideas. It's about the role of stories in life and also about love and companionship. It's also about the idea of wishing for things and what we ultimately have the right to demand from other people. The pace lagged occasionally for me, but I'm very forgiving of a film this packed with ideas and ultimately so intriguingly open ended.

Is What You See What You Get?

Narratologist Tilda Swinton flies into Turkey for a conference. Her thesis is that back when we didn't understand anything, stories, myths, gods all helped us comprehend the universe. Science, however, explains the universe these days, so what purpose do stories have? After, she goes to a little shop where she buys a small glass bottle. The next morning, it breaks, and out pops djinn Idris Elba who offers her three wishes to fulfill her heart's desire and tells her how he's spent much of the last three millennia (mostly in a series of bottles).

George Miller structures most of this film like the Arabian Nights, with stories nested inside other stories, eventually making every theme of the story overt amidst dazzling images. Or does he? Would repeated viewings offer hints of subtext, or has Miller truly chosen to hide nothing from his audience? Yes, we may not overtly know what (all) women want, but we do learn what Miss Swinton does, and what she gets, and why all stories about granting wishes are cautionary tales. Yet does the story-within-a-story structure hold an implied story, like that tiny Russian doll you didn't check to see if there was another within?

There is a class of movies, all possessed of bold images, like Herzog's Fitzcarraldo or Kinoshita's Narayama Bushik?, in which the images are so compelling that you believe they are great movies, even if you're not sure what is going on.... or even if you are and hate it. I think this is another of the same.


I'm shocked it has such a low rating, I feel like its a wonderful movie if it has a low rating, and a bad movie with a high rating, or so it seems anymore. I thought it was Oscar worthy. I was mesmerized the whole time. Beautiful story that will make you smile and cry at the end. The acting is perfect IMO, and the whole movie is a visual treat. Just a really beautiful story well done in all the ways it can be. True movie lovers will enjoy it, or at least I think they will. Give it a try, I think you will be glad you did. What a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I was pleasantly surprised. This will be one of my favorites. So much better than other movies about the same topic.

Where is the escalation?

I was enjoying myself for most of this movie. It's visually and musically beautiful. I was mostly invested in the story, until a point in the second half when I realized there wasn't any kind of escalation.

I don't mean I wanted to see action scenes. I didn't watch any trailers and was not misled as to what this movie "should" be. But there didn't seem to be any build up to any kind of climax. The entire movie is a steady walk. A car in cruise control at a 35 mph. I started to get impatient near the end. And at one point I was just waiting to leave.

The individual stories are interesting, but the overarching story leaves a lot to be desired. It also seems like they didn't know how to conclude this movie. It doesn't really work.

It's a shame because there is a lot of good here, creative and unique filmmaking, and hugely ambitious. I want more attempts like this, just hopefully better.

It's okay, I'll forever thank George Miller for giving me my second all-time favorite movie, Fury Road, which is the exact opposite example of skyrocket escalation to an epic climax. (1 viewing, opening Friday Dolby Cinema 8/26/2022)