Not one of the approximately seventy western movies where Roy Rogers starred as Roy Rogers, but instead this time Buffalo Bill.
Anyway, I think the film makers just needed a famous character name to sell the film under, because the real Buffalo Bill probably never was involved in land rights issues down in New Mexico. There are also an Indian attack, rightfully stopped by U.S. Cavalry. A dime a dozen Western.
Films about dysfunctional families are rarely my favourites although there are exceptions to the rule. American Beauty surely can be included in this category? The Royal Tenenbaums?
This one, however, was a bit too strained for my taste, it tried a bit too hard to show some weirdness in each and every member of the two families. Furthermore, Kevin Kline's character pissed me off by being extremely dull and boring. And I usually like him. In fact he's so boring…
This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…
I mentioned earlier how much I dislike soundtracks being used this way.
But this is really much, much worse. Actually, I'm quite angry. Because, this film is o v e r l o a d e d with Christian symbolism. This is nothing but a PR video.
Sorry if I'm spoiling anything, but it's not about the Flight, it's about the Fall. The plane barely avoids crashing into a prayer meeting, for crying out loud! But nobody on the ground…