This is an audiovisual masterpiece and one of the most underrated films ever made. The fact that a first time director was able to make such a preeminent work is mind-boggling and it's a shame that it hasn't gotten more recognition. This film is an experience almost unlike any other. The soundtrack is mesmerizing and the whole film feels like a dream you had on psychedelics. One of my all-time favorites.
A great reflection of 70s/80s style science fiction films. Hypnotizing, metaphorical and visually stunning. Great soundwork too. For some the story might be too flat, but for me it leaves enough space for developing a great experience. Sometimes less is more! A must for fans of Lynch, Jodorowski, Kubrick ...
Informed by milestone visual cinema, Black Rainbow is full of beautiful shots but is given too much running time for what it is. Not something you can walk out on or else you miss the beautiful ending shot, but drop any expectations you have walking in to this one, and then continually revise your remaining expectations lower. Dare I say it? A major studio could have helped to revise this into something watchable.
If Phantasm gave off the sensations of a lucid nightmare while Amer was ecstasy, then Beyond the Black Rainbow is an LSD trip; with Alejandro Jodorowsky's photography thrown into a David Lynch narrative dream. Expertly evoking its trippy sensations, a viewer's mileage will vary: as I can't say I got much emotion out of it, but maybe I was too sober. It does, however, well evoke the bonkers cult films of yesteryear.