an early example of the music video film, dated as hell, and more valuable as a historical artifact then anything else. It captures the beauty of the 60's in the beginning before it starts to bash hillbillies for the sake of it, nut it's ultimately more interesting to read about then watch.
As a short film, I'd give the cemetery/LSD sequence 5 stars. But i didn't feel the same about the other 95% of the film.
So many subtle details surface with each screening. The film is as much about traditional male initiation as it is direct cultural context.
Depite being a voracious film watcher, I'd allowed this quintessential American road movie to pass me by - but I finally put my foot on the accelerator and caught up with it! Hopper and Fonda's journey across America is decorated by Kovács' gorgeous cinematography which contrasts sharply with the ugliness of the times. Nicholson steals the picture from under everyone's noses in a performance that led to mega-stardom.
Easy Rider makes statements that extend far beyond its over-discussed aesthetic parameters. The protagonists animate antisocial existence through mobility, presenting the notion that stationary freedom is impossible in America. In a tragic and poignant final moment, the road is invaded by normative oppression. Hopper shapes a troubling masterpiece, employing exquisite use of imagery and music.
"They'll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em."
what a disappointment. I've only found it interesting while Nicholson was performing.
I hate to admit it, but I really didn't care for this. I can appreciate the fact that it developed so much praise, and respect the performances and the simplicity of the entire film, but the fact of the matter is that I'm a teenager, and the overall quality is dated. Still, it is a nice time capsule of the sixties culture, and Jack Nicholson is great here as well.
"When I was a young man, I was headed to california, but, well you know how it is." This movie is an absolute miracle. I do not associate it with drugs, as i so often the conversation about it. It is a film about the american existence, and what a damned bastard it is. I love the way this is shot & plays. I love the characters but Nicholson's may be my favorite of all time. This is a bloody valentine to truth.
For the longest time and for some unknown reason I associated this movie as being a "tough guy" movie. It's not. It's a beautifully shot road trip, complete with drugs, sex and motorcycles, with folk rock medleys painted over every frame. Easy Rider begins on a high and ends in tragedy; a modern myth, a dying of a legend. The end of an era: Goodbye to the 60's and everything that it stood for.
Fuck time, fuck society, fuck God, fuck working, fuck normality. Live your life, live it to its fullest, and live it as an individual. Or at least give it a fucking shot.
After multiple viewings, Easy Rider loses some of its lustre but that's not to call it a bad or even just a good movie. It's definitely a classic, just not the mass of brilliance I throught it was after the first time I saw it. I noticed it seemed to toggle between scenic music videos and a downward spiral of American real-life horror. Great regardless, just lightning in a bottle.