A boy who dreams of flying while being on the run from the police for murder mysteries and a teacher discussing about birds in between - this is Altman's quirkiest work I can describe as. It is funny, though its plot is like zigzag so pay attention while watching it the first time. But still has a great cast (especially Cort), a wild car chase, bird poo falling, & a fantastic ending... what else I can ask for?
It speaks to the contrariness of Robert Altman that after hitting it big with MASH (after more than a decade of hacking away at Hollywood) he chose to follow it up with a film designed to confuse at least half the audience. The result is tough to describe—the closest I can come is "Dr. Seuss writes a crime serial for Mad Magazine"—but undeniably some kind of joy, carefully constructed and utterly whacked-out.
Altman amps up the silliness in this hilarious followup to MASH. Before Harold fell in love with Maude he learned to fly in this insane film that also pokes fun of Bullitt and showcases the Houston Astro Dome. This gem also marks when Altman discovered Shelley Duvall.
Basically everything I love about Altman is in full flow in this weird, idiosyncratic film. The car chase sequence is fantastic, easily my favourite car chase depicted on screen. Stacy Keach is totally unrecognisable and completely unforgettable. Altman's 70's run is perhaps the greatest run in cinema history (in my humble opinion of course).
9.5/10 - I have no idea whatsoever what I just watched, but one thing I know for sure is that I loved every minute of it. Waldo builds wings for himself, while protected by his beautiful guardian angel, but at the same time people get killed by a mysterious strangler and a weird bird-man narrates everything? I dont even....
Saw it for the first time the other day. Thought it was all set in Astrodome, but realised that it's all about people getting killed by bird poo. Loved the self-referential beginning. Silly like Beyond Therapy but so much better, I'd imagine because of Altman's youthful intelligence