Remember in the beginning, when you couldn't tell if McConaughey was going to be a good actor or not? He did this one, but then 'A Time to Kill' wasn't so great? Then he did all those damn rom-coms? He always had potential, and this movie proved it.
The mystery itself is of little to no importance since this really is about the people, and Sayles clearly is a filmmaker with great compassion. Lone Star is the apex of indie filmmaking in the '90s and an extraordinarily engrossing film that reads just like a fine piece of literature.
An effective genre cocktail, a pertinent meditation on xenophobia, a saga of fathers and sons, and God help us, a mature, adult love story that isn't maudlin or cloying?! What?! Practical transitions achieved entirely through set-dec give the world an appropriately cyclical, dreamlike feel. Cooper, Peña, McConaughey, McDormand, Sayles' Oscar-nominated, naturalistic dialogue; this is the best film you've never seen.
This is about 'race relations' in a multi-cultural Texas-town close to the Mexican border & a murder mystery; closely interwoven. Numerous sub plots, lots of characters, big amount of flashbacks, but it doesn't become 'rich'. The 1st half of the movie is interesting, the 2nd is quite boring & uninspired. The movie is too long & lacks emotion. 2,5 stars.
A sensitive, insightful film about how race relationships create complex scenarios involving secrets, shame and lifelong resentments. Great acting in general, but my favourite part was, as every time she hits the screen, Frances McDormand. Long live the queen of indie!
Haggis must've been scribbling like mad when he watched this in the pre-production of Crash. Goes absolutely nowhere, says absolutely nothing interesting about race conflicts and human relations. Last of all: looks and feels so... bland. Like a lukewarm, weak cup of coffee. "All hat, no cattle" is really the best description for this shallow, lone star film. Painfully overrated.
A dense, rich novel splayed out onto a cinema screen, with more than ten distinct characters moving through their memories and the mysteries of time, molded into the shape of a juicy detective story, with John Sayles' liberal ideologies soaking all the way through to the casting choices -- everyone gets a voice, rare enough for the 90s. The copies floating around have a condensed VHS quality to them, for shame.