A nice little precursor to the likes of the Revenant. Some fine 70s cinematography and a celebration of the great out doors. Perhaps it's artful strength as negating narrative for image is also it's weakness as there lacks any concept to hold it compellingly together. Nevertheless a grand flick an a beautiful outlier in the 70s american western fare.
Overly-polished for a legit adventure film, it's basically relying on attractive scenery and a handful of peculiar characters to stage one man's alienation from society. During the time he's trying to fight his way through naive melodrama, keeping a continuously confused and/or bored face (and sleek haircut) just to end up in a dull full-circle of a plot.
Bucolic rather than tragic. Pollack is more inclined to romanticize the perils of Jeremiah Johnson in the wild rather than dealing with a crude reality on the ground. Redford is perhaps too much of a manicured blonde to be taken seriously. This is nothing more than a well-intended pastoral western with neat and tidy photography and sanitized action. Too much of a Sunday afternoon flick.
"Even the most devout person cannot live in peace, if his nasty neighbor won’t allow it.” (Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell). A man is fed-up with ordinary life, walks away, up to the mountains and wants to be left alone. But then everything turns out differently: violence, savagery and neverending bitter fights. No peace. Nethertheless, a very melancholic, poetic and calm movie, beautifully shot. Pollack & Redford!
Western atipico che tratta diversi temi interessanti: la fuga dalla civiltà,il difficile rapporto tra bianchi e indiani,il rispetto delle culture.Un film difficile ma ben riuscito,con una regia sobria ed una sceneggiatura minimalista e meticolosa allo stesso tempo.Complimenti a Pollack,soprattutto per la gestione dei dialoghi,degli spazi e delle ambientazioni:una pellicola cult per gli amanti del genere.4*
Jeremiah Johnson è un western che inaugura una nuova visione del rapporto tra bianchi ed indiani, dove tutti sembrano essere nel giusto. Monumentale la fotografica e la colonna sonora che accompagna lo spettatore per tutto il viaggio. Una perla da non perdere per ogni appassionato del genere.