Much weirder and more dated than I expected. Lots of unneccessary wraparound stuff and a very sacharine ending.
The script doesn't give Shelley Long much to do unfortunately, but Tom Hanks is charismatic as usual.
The amount of imagination and craft that went into this is unbeleivable. It's the story of a would-be fur trapper trying to make it in the wilds, but told through the lens of Buster Keaton, Looney Tunes, and Guy Maddin.
It's a winning combo when you have some incredible talent on set and in the editing room.
The structure works really well, too. It's like The Martian. Just a guy overcoming problems that come up. Trying to get to his…
It's a bit of a mess. Very funny at times, and very touching at times. But never seems to know how to use either.
I liked the humor in the first act. When things get more serious I felt like the movie was inserting humor at odd places and sanitizing the horrors of the time a little too much.
I'm not one to say that you can't make humor out of horrible situations, but this one didn't ride the line effectively.
I still enjoyed it, but I wasn't able to fully engage with either end of the funny-sad spectrum when the movie wanted me to.