WESTERN is oblique, elliptical, sublimated and subdued... there are lovely little bits of observation here, but the themes of miscommunication contribute to a slow, slow pace. Unlike some others I found the shot composition to be lacklustre and the editing to vary from lasssiz-faire to deliberately obtuse.
Lovely sense of tone & mise-en-scene, but I confess I had the urge to look at my watch a few times. The social themes of intrusion, defence and negotiation are central but incompletely explored; the satire on masculinity is good but somewhat clunkingly obvious.
Economic imperialism and a very male form of a will-to-dominate are shown here as corrupt, stale reflections of each other.
Favourite performers: the horse, the old lady, and the moustache.