Written May 16, 2011
There was no resolution in the movie, of any kind. Also, the dialogue was very sparse.
Nothing seemed to be realized, proven, etc.
Written April 19, 2011
Sorry - I was looking forward to this for many reasons. It is one of the worst movies I've seen in years. Boring - slow - and unfulfilling in every way. The ending will make you want to get your money back. I'm just trying to warn you. Too bad, since it could have been a decent movie. The direction was so misguided.
Written April 09, 2011
My girlfriend and I went to see it based on all of the rave reviews by the film critics. It was so slow paced that we wanted to scream! The sound of the wagon wheel's scraping was the only sound for the first half hour of the movie and will haunt me for a very long time. We kept waiting for something to happen and it just kept dragging on and on and on! Even the ending is abrupt and does not satisfy. Bottom line is that this movie is going to test your patience on how much you can tolerate before walking out of a theater (we hung in there hoping things would get better but they did not :-( ). Utter waste of time.
Written May 21, 2011
It's been a long time since I've a observational divide between critics and fans. Perhaps critics have too much access to words and images or have an over-engaged movie DNA that ends up in some sort of intellectual growth that make fans babble and scratch. Fans, like myself, need to feel resolution and somewhere in the movie leave the zone of uncomfortableness -- vice hanging around a unique cinematic portrayal, loyalty to drag-along plots and sucking in one bleak reality after another (a continuum). Things to appreciate: the Indian and his spirituality, the women heroine, the intended theme of being lost, the foreboding inverted-beauty of the landscape, the proximity to real life as it realty was, and the pounding uncertainty of pioneers. The slowness of the movie tied to the bleak landscape, however, is a formula for "movie watching anxiety. Did not appreciate the ending: it sucked!!!
Written April 24, 2011
If you like westerns then perhaps you may not nap like I did. I saw this with friends at a film festival and out of 5 people, none of us liked it.
The manner in which the film was shot was different than commonly used techniques today. The scenery was desolate adding to the theme of despair the characters face as they cross the west. The movie meanders and gets trapped in this morase of continuing uncertainity. Which is how it ends. We never know if these people find their way, we are left to create our own ending.
While not as horrible as Ishtar. I recent being tormented for nearly two hours without any resolution.