Filmmaker | Thesp.
As with all of Scorsese's movies over the past years, it's far too long. In spite of this, though, it certainly is thought-provoking and feels important, especially for those of us (such as myself) ignorant of Native American history and how they were "dealt with" by the European Americans. Strong acting generally, somewhat hampered by less-than-inspiring dialogue. I applaud the cinemas that included an interval, because you'll likely need it.
I am somewhat tempted to agree with the drama school snobs who hail Withnail & I as “the most quotable film ever made” - it certainly is filled with funny, memorable one-liners, aphorisms and exclamations. I mean, come on - don’t you just find carrots infinitely more interesting than geraniums?
There’s also a keen sense of existential angst going far beyond just the experience of a struggling actor or closet homosexual to penetrate the souls of many watchers.
Each character is…
Madness. Sheer folly - I assume the aim was not to tackle any stereotype of Russians being violent, depressed, racist alcoholics, for if so it failed miserably. Perhaps it’s all symbolic, but for me it was extremely hard to follow as the film jumps constantly between reality, fantasy, present and past. The seemingly unmotivated leaps between storylines with the weakest of links were highly disorienting, with arbitrary, formulaic colour palette & aspect ratio changes to differentiate them not enough to clarify…